American Cream with AJ Worden
Sep
21
8:30 PM20:30

American Cream with AJ Worden

Please join me for the release of my new record, "Slouching Towards Tomorrow" which will be available to purchase on cassette tape. I will be be joined by one of my favorite bands I have played with, Minneapolis' American Cream. Me and my band members will also be spinning records throughout the night. Doors will be at 9pm and show will begin at 9:30. Entry fee is $7. 

Anthony Worden and the Illiterati
//Anthony Worden has cut his teeth in the Iowa City the past two years. His advocacy for DIY show spaces in town has led him to perform alongside various inflections of rock and roll, from the psychedelic to singer-songwriters. He’s allowed these influences to shape the trajectory of his newest full-length release, “Slouching Towards Tomorrow”, forthcoming September 21, 2018. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, Worden’s sophomore album expands the soundscapes from the structures of his debut. 

Where “Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good” was composed with a finger on the pulse of canonical and indie rock, Worden’s sequel gives us that same delicate swagger but enveloped in textures both angular and capacious. Easily compared to the syncopated colloquialisms of Lou Reed, Worden showcases a range that coalesces with his atmospherics. “Slouching Towards Tomorrow” kicks off with buoyant flares, then washing adrift towards where our “innocence is drowned”--a truly Yeatsian destination. The revolution begins with love, empathy and togetherness

American Cream (MPLS)
//"Anyone can listen and listening is the key to having a conversation. Jazz was always for the punks" Nathan Nelson (fmrly of STNNG) heads the illustrious Minneapolis configuration, American Cream. With an ever changing line-up as well as musical inspiration, every show that Nathan and the group puts on provides the listener with a truly unique experience. I am more than happy to have the band back to Iowa City.  

Doors 9/Show 9:30/Entry $7

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Annalibera, Sinner Frenz, Squirrel Flower
Sep
22
8:30 PM20:30

Annalibera, Sinner Frenz, Squirrel Flower

Sinner Frenz - Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music. Together, they have collected a pile of modular synthesizers and an evolving sound system that they use for their act. Sinner Frenz is equal parts beats and melody, electronic music for people that listen to rock music, and hi-fi dance music for noise punks.

Annalibera - inconsistent pop out of Des Moines - annaliberamusic.com

Squirrel Flower - prairie pop from Grinnell/Boston - 

8:30pm // $7 // all ages

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FMWT #11: Bill MacKay (Drag City) w/ Vero Rose Smith
Sep
27
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #11: Bill MacKay (Drag City) w/ Vero Rose Smith

Bill MacKay
Bill MacKay is a Chicago based guitarist-composer-improviser. He has energized experimental folk, rock, and avant-garde scenes with his radiant songs, and creative and unpredictable approach to the guitar.
Bill MacKay's blissful harmonic control and just-outside-the-box guitar mastery are one with his compelling songwriting. 
His creative voyage and imaginative influences are fully displayed on his Drag City debut, Esker, and his live performances are unmatched. 
MacKay cut his teeth in various bands and projects spanning genres across the U.S., and has created an extensive body of original work, while energizing the folk, avant-garde and experimental diaspora.

Vero Rose Smith
Vero Rose Smith is an artist, curator, an educator based in Iowa City, Iowa. Her musical work centers on collective memory and the intersection of culture and environment. She is also fascinated by the role of visual imagery in scientific literacy, and the potential of tactile data. In performance, she seeks to assemble impromptu ensembles and improvised compositions collaboratively in real time.


Vol.3, 11th edition:
Bill MacKay
w/ special guest: Vero Rose Smith
Thursday, September 27th 9pm
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
$8 or open to patrons

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Googleplexia, Samuel Locke Ward, & Douglas Kramer Nye
Sep
28
8:30 PM20:30

Googleplexia, Samuel Locke Ward, & Douglas Kramer Nye

It's the Googolplexia debut at Trumpet Blossom Café! After playing the finest venues known to Iowa City, it's time for this, the crowning achievement. I'm taking my new car on a brief tour mostly in Iowa. Thus, the Googolplexia CRASH TEST DUMBASS Tour. Let's test this thing's mettle AND metal.

http://Googolplexia.BandCamp.com

Also appearing live! My oldest IC pal (I mean I've known him longer than anyone else I know in Iowa City, not that he's actually the oldest of all the people I know in Iowa City. But that might be true too!), Samuel Locke Ward!

http://SamuelLockeWard.BandCamp.com

And Douglas Kramer Nye, the only other act (besides Googz I mean) I've ever known to do the HAVE GUN--WILL TRAVEL theme song, "The Ballad Of Paladin":

http://DouglasKramerNye.BandCamp.com

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FMWT #12: Glenn Jones (Thrill Jockey) w/ Black Stork
Oct
5
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #12: Glenn Jones (Thrill Jockey) w/ Black Stork

Glenn Jones
Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking techniques and wide-ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions. Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant. What sets him apart from the myriad guitarists playing today is his ability to tell stories with the guitar and banjo, and to convey a range of emotions. This process starts with the compositions themselves and carries through to his selection of recording environment and engineer.

Jones has written extensively about the leading lights of the American Primitive guitar style, namely John Fahey (with whom he was friends for nearly 25 years), and Robbie Basho (Jones was friends with the guitarist until Basho's untimely death in 1986, and hosted the guitarist / singer's final tour of the East Coast).

Jones has also performed with Peter Lang, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Cian Nugent, James Blackshaw, Paul Metzger, Peter Walker, Meg and Laura Baird, Harris Newman, Sean Smith, MV + EE, Dredd Foole, Sharron Kruaus, Tom Carter, Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano, and many, many others.

...an incredibly adept fingerstyle guitarist whose technique always remains in service of the song... His vigorous leaps are daring but never reckless, and nearly always sublime. - Utne Reader

...captivating... Jones' slide work on the resonator guitar sounds especially meaty, and when all six, and sometimes 12, strings start chiming as he fingerpicks, the effect is shimmering. - Harp


Black Stork
Black Stork is a solo project of the Spanish composer and performer Carlos Cotallo Solares. It combines elements of metal, math rock, and hardcore punk and reinterprets them through the acoustic guitar. Cotallo Solares’ compositions have been performed in new music festivals in Germany, Spain, Finland, Poland, and the US, by ensembles like the JACK Quartet, POING, handwerk, and Ensemble Chronophonie. As a performer, he has collaborated with Ensemble Alarm and Ensemble Container, and was a member of the rock bands El Mamut and Pato Grande. Currently, he is finishing a PhD in composition at the University of Iowa and is one of the organizers of the concert series iHearIC. He performs regularly with the free improvisation band Wombat.

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FMWT #13: Charalambides
Oct
18
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #13: Charalambides

Charalambides founders Tom & Christina Carter create a vision of iconoclastic music as transformative force. Touching on the outer limits of acid folk, psych rock, and improvisation, their sound remains uniquely personal & consistent.

Since 1991, Charalambides has released many recordings on labels like Siltbreeze, kranky & Wholly Other. A self-titled 2LP is forthcoming on Drawing Room in 2018

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FMWT #15: Escape-ism (Ian Svenonius)
Oct
29
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #15: Escape-ism (Ian Svenonius)

Introduction to Escape-ism shouldn’t only be reviewed in the music press but in the “world affairs” column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It’s that important!

Why? Because it’s the first “solo” record by Ian Svenonius—of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!—and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic… It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius—recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”—Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

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Benefit for Twain Elementary Library
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Benefit for Twain Elementary Library

Due to many stressors on the kids at Twain there is always an annual shortage of funds to replace lost books. Last year the library had to raise $1400 to cover those costs beyond their normal budget. This year we as a group of musicians want to help give the library money before books go missing so no kid needs to go without during the school year. Come and have wonderful food and listen to some great music while doing a great thing for your community.

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FMWT #9th: Timeghost, John Bender, Gabi Vanek
Sep
10
8:30 PM20:30

FMWT #9th: Timeghost, John Bender, Gabi Vanek

Timeghost:
Timeghost performances focus primarily on multi-channel compositions, some of which is fed into tactile speaker sheets that can be warped both physically and sonically. Timeghost live shows rely on multi-sensory experience: utilizing projected video camera feeds, phantasmagoric lighting effects, and synthesizers controlled by sensors placed inside the performer's body.

"Providence, Rhode Island's Adam Morosky pours modular synthesis, drum machines, found sounds and spoken prose into dense, hot compositions, then squints delightedly at the results. His methodology is a tug of war between chaos and control, allowing stray sounds to cycle off at random, but giving them space to work their way back into the fabric."
Louis Pattison, The Wire

John Bender:
This will be John Bender's first true tour, having been a pioneering composer of Minimal Wave electronic music in the late 70's - 80's, but living a mostly private life for the past 30 years. He began performing live in 2016, mostly improvising with modular synthesizers at select festivals

"John Bender is without a doubt the protagonist, if not the inventor, of the musical genre known as minimal wave. His synthesizer sounds carried elements of techno and acid a decade before the invention of either genre. His voice and his somewhat sentimental, mournful lyrics made his music outstanding and extraordinary, an unprecedented mixture of elements. His three self-released LPs are must-haves for every serious collector and anyone interested in coldwave, minimal synth, and techno sounds." - Vinyl on Demand

Gabi Vanek: 
Gabi Vanek is a cultural imperialist and rabble-rouser and interdisciplinary bassoonist and scholar currently residing in Iowa City. Her sonic interests are primarily the aesthetic and tonal crossover often found between contemporary classical music and harsh noise. She has had the privilege of performing as both a soloist and part of chamber ensembles at experimental music festivals and concert series around the Midwest and beyond including appearances at the KNOB New Music Festival, nief-norf,
20/20 Sound Festival, Iowa City’s own IhearIC, and most unusually, as a virtual exhibitor at the Osaka University of the Arts Electro-acoustic Music Festival. Her scholarly credits include presenting at the University of Southern Denmark-Odense’s “Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness” conference on death metal greats Gorguts and a recently published follow up article in Metal Music Studies.

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 Language Enthusiast Tailgate (for nerds & football fans)
Sep
1
11:00 AM11:00

Language Enthusiast Tailgate (for nerds & football fans)

Love languages? Love the Hawks!? Come geek out with other language lovers and Hawk fans before the game! We'll be hosting this pre-game "tailgate" at the best vegan restaurant in town. Vegan!? Whaaaaa?? Yahhhh....because they have the most beautiful bar in town, a great selection of draft beers, and City's best VEGAN REUBEN + sweet potato fries.  

English language nerds, Spanish language nerds, Chinese Language nerds....all nerds & football fans are welcome!

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Little Village and Dead Coast Present: Willy Tea Taylor
Aug
9
8:30 PM20:30

Little Village and Dead Coast Present: Willy Tea Taylor

Little Village and Dead Coast Present: 

A Listening Room Performance Featuring
Willy Tea Taylor

with special guests
Brian Johannesen & Tom VandenAvond

Thursday, August 9th at The Trumpet Blossom
8:00PM Doors | 8:30PM Show
$12 in advance | $15 at the door

Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.

Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.

Despite coming from a long line of cattlemen – his grandfather Walt was one of the most respected of his generation – Willy’s first love was baseball. As a catcher, he had a gift for the nuances of calling a game from behind the plate. When a knee injury ended his ability to catch, Willy turned his attention to music.

At the age of 18, a discerning and intimate set by Greg Brown at the Strawberry Music Festival inspired Willy to pursue life as a folk singer. Strawberry would play an integral role in Willy’s development as a musician, going from spectator to stagehand, to performer. He made his main stage debut with his band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the 2009 festival. In 2015, Willy made his solo debut on the main stage. Willy has charmed fans at some of the best festivals in the country.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud. He and VandenAvond have travelled the country together on a series of tours they call “Searchin’ for Guy Clark’s Kitchen” where each evening’s show is just a precursor to an endless quest for the kind of serene late night scene depicted in the cult classic documentary Heartworn Highways.

On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”

Led by producer Michael Witcher, the songs on Knuckleball Prime are arranged and accompanied magnificently by a first rate team of musicians and engineers. If you’re a fan of well-written lyrics, alluring melodies, and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as the artist’s own roots, you’ll savor Knuckleball Prime, and just about anything else Willy Tea Taylor has ever done.

 

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FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery), Sinner Frenz
Aug
3
8:30 PM20:30

FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery), Sinner Frenz

Forbes/Billington Duo (of Tiger Hatchery)
Reviews of Tiger Hatchery's album "Sun Worship:"
"Right away, it smacks you. The opening... attacks with the explosiveness of Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman's frenzy and John Coltrane's scream, and doesn't let up until the closing... fades to silence. Saxophonist Mike Forbes rages like Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and John Butcher all morphed into one being, while Ben Billington's drums recall the pace of Rashied Ali and Han Bennink's solid insanity. Sun Worship is in-your-face brutality, an all-out assault on your preconceived notions of music." - Chuck Foster, The Big Takeover

"One of the best openings in music I’ve heard this year happens on 'Chieftain,' the first of three tracks on Sun Worship, a short and to-the-point CD by the young Chicago free-jazz band Tiger Hatchery. There's no lead-in, no windup: It's as if all members were running as hot as possible, frozen in time, and then unfrozen: Blam, drums and cymbals under attack, tenor saxophone gasping, electric bass on extreme low judder. Sun Worship is released on ESP-Disk, the imprimatur of some of the best New York free jazz in the early- and mid-'60s, but it feels different, especially after the initial onslaught, through its various episodes of velocity and mood. Andrew Scott Young, the bassist, uses the rugged tone you'd associate less with jazz than, say, the Jesus Lizard's David Wm. Sims; the tenor player Mike Forbes and drummer Ben Billington have 50 years of free jazz from around the world, as well as nearly that much of improvised noise, to assimilate. They bring these three pieces home rather elegantly, and begin the other two much more softly. But I’m fine with the record's first five seconds." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Sinner Frenz:
Sinner Frenz are Luke Tweedy and Brendan Lee Spengler, who previously played together in the underground supergroup ft(The Shadow Government). Since then, Tweedy has cultivated Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa and Spengler has continued to perform in various acts including Viva L’American Death Ray Music. Together, they have collected a pile of modular synthesizers and an evolving sound system that they use for their act. Sinner Frenz is equal parts beats and melody, electronic music for people that listen to rock music, and hi-fi dance music for noise punks.

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KEE AVIL (Montreal), Anthony Worden, Blank Thomas & Nadir Smith
Aug
1
9:00 PM21:00

KEE AVIL (Montreal), Anthony Worden, Blank Thomas & Nadir Smith

KEE AVIL (Montreal)
Kee Avil is a solo song project based in Montreal, QC. It combines guitar, voice and electronics into weird song forms that stagger between structure and improvisation. Kee Avil evolved from playing the guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks into creating strange beats glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls.
https://keeavil.bandcamp.com

Blank Thomas x Nadir Smith (St. Louis)
Special collaborative set, sturdy beats and woozy synthscapes.
https://dismalnichetapes.bandcamp.com/album/human-conduit-2

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FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Daniel Wyche w/ Justin K Comer
Jul
28
9:00 PM21:00

FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: Daniel Wyche w/ Justin K Comer

Daniel Wyche is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer and improviser. Working with a wide range of physical preparations, extended techniques, and pedal instruments, his recorded work and live performances are characterized by long-form structured improvisations. Daniel’s early records are a methodical crawl through the timbral subtleties of the guitar through sweet and unhurried layering, inspired by the ambient and deep listening traditions. However, with Our Severed Sleep (Eh? 2016), his most recent solo record, he has returned to his earliest inspirations on the uncomfortable periphery of rock and free improvisation, in an extended exploration of the relationships between resonance, overtones, and noise. The result is a pair of compositions called “a blowout to wake the dead” by the Wire, “reverent music,” by Decoder, and “an infinite swansong of bliss” by Tiny Mix Tapes. Over the past several years, all of this work has become increasingly integrated with the exploration of multi-channel performance, the spatialization of sound, and site specific-composition, and new compositions for quad and 8-channel guitar are currently being developed.
Along with his solo guitar work and duo recordings with primary collaborator Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort, Skeletons), Wyche is involved in several regular collaborations. Most notable among these are a series of ongoing performances with Julian Lynch (Real Estate), and his trio with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things) and Ben Baker Billington (Tiger Hatchery, ONO, ADT), which will release two new records in 2017 on the Astral Spirits and No Index imprints.
Daniel has been a curator at Elastic Arts in Chicago since 2013, has severed as part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an PhD candidate in the history and philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago.
Link to work- Daniel Wyche

Justin K Comer
Justin K Comer is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser living and working in the bustling metropolis of Coralville, IA. He experiments with noise, sampling, extended techniques, rhythmic phasing, and evolving repetitive patterns. His music has been used in dance, theater, and film productions. In addition to his solo work, he also collaborates with like-minded artists under the banners of JCϟjp, Wombat, and Emery Clair Comer Hart. In collective improvisations, he practices musical anarchy, where individuals are given complete freedom to pursue their own interests and cooperate as desired. He also organizes and hosts the iHearIC concert series and radio show. Find more at justinkcomer.com.

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Esmé Patterson, Elizabeth Moen, Brooks Strause
Jul
22
9:00 PM21:00

Esmé Patterson, Elizabeth Moen, Brooks Strause

ESMÉ PATTERSON:
Denver, CO’s Esmé Patterson has been making waves all around the country since going solo in 2012 (she was previously in Denver-based Paper Bird). Her voice is smooth and sweet when she wants it to be, and then fully rock and roll when you least expect it. Each of Patterson’s songs listens like and intensely personal diary entry, and you’ll likely find yourself relating to all of them with wide-eyed wonder.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MYcKEi8zZs

ELIZABETH MOEN:
Elizabeth's sound and songs flow fluidly across many genres, inspired by artists from Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen to Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.
This summer will be stocked full of great shows and festivals in Iowa and the Midwest. Moen has previously released a self-titled EP in 2016 and a vinyl LP titled "That's All I Wanted" in 2017.
https://elizabethmoen.com/music/

BROOKS STRAUSE:
Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Virgo, Leo rising. Brooks has been making solo albums for 10 years: The Misanthrope and his Doubtful Faith(2007), Dead Animals(2009), Apostatize!(2010), My Foreign Right Hand(2011), Acid Casual(2013), Renaissance Beast(2014), Aeiouns(2014), The Chymical Wedding of Brooks Strause(2015), Christ of the Abyss(2016) and Benjamin(coming soon).
https://brooksstrause.bandcamp.com/

Doors 9pm
$10adv/$12dos

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FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: FIRE-TOOLZ / PURCHA$E
Jul
21
to Jul 22

FEED ME WEIRD THINGS: FIRE-TOOLZ / PURCHA$E

Can This Even Be Called Music? Imagine slowed-down, funky pop tunes from the eighties (or an original composition aimed at mimicking that aesthetic) with screams and blast beats that would fit nicely on a black metal album, as well as many audio glitches.

Check ‘em out on bandcamp
A cool review here

Let us on you’re interested on Facebook and tell all your friends!

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