Saturday, November 2, 2013

Warm Gospel 24: DJ DJ TANNER - GANGSTER c32


As scratchy and dark as the album cover looks, GANGSTER lumbers forward with all of the drowsy, late-night/early-morning heaviness of the aftermath from a night spent drinking in a city that is beginning to feel unsafe.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Warm Gospel 23: Skyscraper & DJ DJ TANNER - Tan Sky c32

Skyscraper & DJ DJ TANNER (AKA Kamrar) - Tan Sky c32

"Using live cassette tape loops and effect manipulation, Kamrar repurpose thrift store tape selections into a kind of new age take on meditative world music."

-Art Beacon Des Moines


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Warm Gospel 22: Moulttrigger - Drub c32

Moulttrigger - Drub c32

"Moulttrigger finds 4/4 beat pop songs in the throbbing low end of harsh noise. Though the changing nature of the feedback happens below the surface, the subterranean swells still manage to bubble over at times, and the rarity of those moments are what keeps Moulttrigger’s music breathing."

-Art Beacon Des Moines


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Warm Gospel 21: DJ DJ TANNER - FOOL c32


Months of thrift store digging has unearthed FOOL, the sixth tape in this ongoing DJ DJ TANNER series. The picked over, chicken-scratched selections of forgotten 45’s are repurposed here, creating a kind of loungey, intermission soundtrack that keeps all the tension of an exciting first act, held like a breathe.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Warm Gospel 20: Stewardesses/Tires Split c32

Tires // Stewardesses Split c32

Central Iowa’s Tires and Stewardesses both pull electronic music forward like waves, following a similar straight line but cresting above and crashing below, meeting only in the middle where the ocean is filled with bleeps and bloops and a thin white outline of reverb. When these songs drop, they drop like a Midwest blizzard.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Zeitgeist II Photographs

Zeitgeist II took place over the weekend. Chuck Hoffman and I took photographs of nearly every band that played. You can look at them below.

TreyExplode's Zeitgeist II album on Photobucket

Or follow this link for a better slideshow version.

Monday, April 15, 2013

All Iowa Noise Insurgency Issue 2

Issue 2 of the All Iowa Noise Insurgency zine is finished.

This issue includes:

-An intro by Chuck Hoffman who runs the Centipede Farm tape label
-An interview with Iowa City's Jay Schleidt and Devin Dart by Bob Bucko Jr.
-A preview of Zeitgeist II
-A review of SEEZUREFACE's MESSY SETI CASSEVETES tape on Warm Gospel
-A review of the Vales tape Boat Impressions from Centipede Farm
-A review of Curt Oren's Is Anyone tape on Personal Archives
-Vinyl Sample Shopping in Des Moines with DJ DJ TANNER

Let me know if you want one.



Iowa City’s space noise purveyor, Zach Straight, releases his synthetic explorations under the moniker SEEZUREFACE. With his second album on Warm Gospel, Straight has taken on something of an alien perspective, attempting to force field samples of ordinary human media and entertainment out of any recognizable context by scattering them across cosmic rings of synthesized noise. It’s like Earth’s radio signals, degraded by light years of travel, being picked up through layers of moving white noise outside of the Milky Way galaxy.

On MESSY SETI CASSEVETES, his approach lies somewhere between the sonic walls of Tangerine Dream and the remaining puddles from 2012’s flash flood of vaporwaves. It leaves the music in a calming state of ambience, accompanied by soft drums ringing out like raindrops on your windows. The buried spoken-word samples from years of film history remind you that, despite the motion sickness from all of this interplanetary traveling, you are never really too far from home.

Breathe. There may not be oxygen here, but the air is fine.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Warm Gospel 18: DJ DJ TANNER - SIREN c45


But you do have to go to work today and of course it’s chaotic on this particular day. Those bass beats boom out like a hammer, and the copy machine sounds like a synthesizer. But then you get off work, and it feels great because you are off work, like better than it would had you suddenly realized you had the whole day off while sitting on your couch. You listen to music really loud and drive home like it’s summer, but the sun sets quickly and it’s night before you even realize it.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Warm Gospel 17: Lockbox - Passion Beam (c47)

Lockbox - Passion Beam c47

"…like smoking a hash oil pen in a parking lot on your break, things REALLY don’t change that quickly or vastly. But I’ve come to expect that as a music listener. I want more, and I want it fresh. So, what I’m trying to describe here is the difference between creative input and critical critique. As well, the only internet “sensation” is, like, Mark ZuckerBANG or, like, the person/people who invented it. When I see someone’s tweet or Facebook status online, I care as much as I scroll over it. Just like this post here, potentially. I have no doubt most people will scroll over this here writing so they can scope new music. Word. Word. In the end, does ambition trump talent?"

-C Monster, Tiny Mix Tapes

Warm Gospel 16: KM/MC/TR/RC/BBJr // Juxwl Split - Live at Zeitgeist 2012 (c47, label collaboration with Personal Archivces)

KM/MC/TR/RC/BBJr // Juxwl Split c47

Label collaboration split with Personal Archives.

Recorded live at Zeitgeiest 2012, a noise festival in Boone, IA, this split contains the entire Juxwl set plus 5-way noise jam session wherein aspects of 4 different local noise and drone bands were combined to achieve something larger than the sum of its parts, which included synthesizers, drums, a saxophone, and various electronics. Recording by Matt Dake.

Friday, December 21, 2012

All Iowa Noise Insurgency Zine Issue 1

Issue 1 of the All Iowa Noise Insurgency Zine is done and available for free. You may run into copies of it around Ames, Des Moines, or Dubuque. Otherwise, I have some extras laying around that I'd love to send you, so let me know if you want one.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Warm Gospel at the Vaudeville Mews

The Warm Gospel label was created based on the concept of recreating the grand, layered spectrum of gospel music using the contemporary ideas and tools of electronic, noise, and ambient music. The result is something new. Over the past year, Warm Gospel has collected releases from many of Iowa's beat and noise makers, including DJ DJ TANNER, Tires, Olsen Twinns, Juxwl, and others. In combining these artists under a single label, Warm Gospel has established a foundation of rumbling noise, tidal waves of synth, and layers of clouded harmonies in a part of Iowa where, previously, experimental music was never fully realized as an important part of the state's overall music output.

On December 18th, the Vaudeville Mews will showcase nearly every artist on the Warm Gospel label, bringing an entire night of electronic sound exploration to Des Moines.

Vaudeville Mews
December 18th, 2012
8:00 pm

Is Home Is (Olsen Twinns)
Big Digital

This show is going to be so much fun.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Warm Gospel Bandcamp Page and Issue 1 of the All Iowa Noise Insurgency Zine

This label now has a bandcamp page where you can listen to all of the tapes in full.

Also, Issue 1 of the All Iowa Noise Insurgency zine is well underway and should be available sometime in the next month.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Zeitgeist and the All Iowa Noise Insurgency

I found a great article by the Centipede Farm tape label founder, Chuck Hoffman.

It's all about the accomplishment that was the Zeitgeist music festival and the state of Iowa noise music.

Check it out.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Sounds of the Zeitgeist 2012 Music Festival

This here label sponsored the Zeitgeist music festival in Boone, Iowa this past weekend. Listen to the live sets




Monday, November 5, 2012

Warm Gospel 15: Olsen Twinns (now Is Home Is) - Found Things (c47)

Olsen Twinns - Found Things c47

“Unfortunately, Mickey Davis (who is Olsen Twinns) was recently asked politely by lawyer types to quit using the name Olsen Twinns, and has transmogrophied into a new moniker, Is Home Is.

Found Things is a collection of music that is largely ambient, but also wouldn't be out of place on the dance floor, especially if you cranked it up loud. And right when it may be heading towards Eno territory, it suddenly burbles up with a melody or intertwining sample and synth harmonies that show this music has foundations in songcraft.”

-Bryon Dudley, All Iowa Noise Insurgency Issue 1

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Zeitgeist: A Celebration of Iowa Noise Music

Warm Gospel will be sponsoring Zeitgeist: A Celebration of Iowa Noise Music at the old Elephungeon space in Boone, Iowa.

You should go, see some of the best noise bands in Iowa, and buy tapes to support the festival and its artists. There will be a Warm Gospel table there with a variety of different releases and some free stickers. Make sure you give it a look!