Entries Tagged as 'November/December 2009'

Leslie Hall: The Queen of Ames Music

November 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Leslie Hall answered the door in almost-complete costume. She invited us in and asked us to wait as she went upstairs to put the finishing touches on her outfit. Gavin and I had come to take a tour of the Mobile Museum of Gem Sweaters, which is parked in a barely used storage lot behind [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Nate Logsdon · November/December 2009

(Not Quite) the End of the Rainbow

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I only met him five minutes ago, but I’m already wondering if Darren Keen is going to get me arrested. As I sit beside him in his dad’s turquoise Dodge Caravan, my eyes flit between him and the street before us. He’s in the driver’s seat, smoking weed out of a wooden pipe engraved with a [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · November/December 2009

What Ames can learn from Athens

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I was an undergraduate taking a painting course in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 1979 when I first recall noticing the skinny guy with curly hair who never seemed to be without his female companion (later, after he became famous, I learned she was his sister). I don’t [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · November/December 2009 · Of Local Importance

2900 West Street

November 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

One of my first memories of Ames nightlife is World Beat Night at Boheme Bistro in the fall of 2005. I had just moved here as a freshman at Iowa State, and a group of students was gathered on a Friday evening for the two-and-a-half-block jaunt from my dormitory floor to 2900 West Street for [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · November/December 2009 · Of Local Importance

DIY Home Recording

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

One of the hallmarks of this musical age is the ubiquity of home recordings. Accessible and cheap or free recording devices and software with unlimited tracks make it possible for almost everyone to create their own recordings without having to purchase studio time or expensive software, and have given rise to many lo-fi productions. Below [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · DIY · Kate Kennedy · November/December 2009

Music Review: Christopher the Conquered – You’re Gonna Glow in the Dark

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

When I first met Chris Ford, the force, soul, and spirit of Christopher the Conquered, it was through a mutual friend, who was looking for people to dress up in character and help create a scene to be photographed for Chris’ album cover.  At the shoot, there was a giant wooden box, shovels, red yarn [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · November/December 2009 · Reviews

Music Review: Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators

November 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments

The idea of trying to tell you that the new EP from Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators is great or good or awful or assigning it a 10.0 or 7.2 or 2.6 or an A+ or B- or D is, well, frightening. What right does anyone have to determine the value of someone else’s [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · November/December 2009 · Reviews

Music Review: Nuclear Rodeo – Something Bad’s Happening

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

If Something Bad’s Happening were a short story, the protagonist would, at one point, look up to his mother and say, “I love you so much but I just can’t help but be afraid for you. I’m young now but you know I’ll get older and probably sad and more than likely hurt. But you [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Jerrod Jordahl · November/December 2009 · Reviews

Music Review: Pennyhawk – The Mystery Mines

November 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Mystery Mines is the wonderful work of Kate Kennedy. Kate has been an incredible fixture in the Ames music scene for years, honing her craft as an extremely talented singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. I can remember the first time I saw Kate play – it was April 29, 2005. I had just come off a 35 date solo tour [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · November/December 2009 · Reviews

Music Review: Poison Control Center – Sad Sour Future

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Patrick Tape Fleming, Devin Frank, Joe Terry, and Don Ephraim, the four permanent members of the Poison Control Center, are spread across four cities in three states in two time zones. But listening to their upcoming album Sad Sour Future, you’d never know it. The band recorded this lush new record – which is to [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Nate Logsdon · November/December 2009 · Reviews