Monday, October 3, 2011

New Concert Tonight...

Hey everybody! Don't forget about the concert tonight at the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City!  Concert starts at 9:00 and as always, admission is FREE!  And if you can't make it, I will post videos from tonight on our youtube page, so be sure to check it out...

Hope to see y'all tonight!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Hey everybody,
Great first show and thanks to everyone for coming out! Here are some vids from the first concert...sorry for the quality, I'm still working out how to get better shots. Don't forget about the next concert on October 3rd at the Englert!

Wind Trio

reldnips + Mr. Ting

Megan Karls

Andrew Uhe

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Concert at the Mill!

Hey everybody!
The first concert will be on September 13th at the Mill in Iowa City. Admission is FREE, the doors will open at 7:00 and the show will start at 8:00. Line up: AMAZING! Everything from Bach to singer/songwriter to electronic/jazz/funk band! If you have any questions shoot me an email at! Don't miss the best and most diverse show in town...

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Season, New iHearIC!!!

Hey everybody!

Zach here, the person charged with filling the massive shoes of Jared Fowler for the iHearIC concert series!

I am super excited about this coming seasons concerts and am starting to get things squared away for the next few months...

The first concert will be on September 13th at the Mill.  I would like to tentatively say it will start at 7:30 pm, but stay tuned in case that changes!

So come one, come all!  It is going to be the inaugural concert and it would be great to see the familiar faces from last year as well as some new ones.

Also, let me know if you are thinking of wiping off the dust from that old guitar and want to perform some original tunes!  Email me at

Until next time!  Stay tuned...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

In Fervent Stridulation

What sound zings loudest throughout the animal kingdom? Why, the sound of the water boatman's penis, of course.

While doing music with bug sounds hasn't experienced a heyday, it's been done really well by some people. Look & listen to Lee Patterson and Mira Calix (thanks Chris) for some exemplary insect songs. Musicians, do take note, because this beetle's penis is just BEGGING to be sampled. I'll leave this for any curiosity-seekers.

The day's real news story is a passing of the baton. IHIC proudly announces the arrival of Zach Zubow as curator, captain, MC, and cheerleader. He's a fantastic guy; he's talented, funny, & famous in the ever-so-cutthroat new music sphere.

From afar I'll keep my lazy eye on the local Goings On, but Zach will be the new voice of this blog. As an accomplished giver-of-papers-and-presentations his sentences will surely flow better than those of the established model. 

Zach is firming up the season's details with venues and performers, but I can say that the shows will continue to be monthly, of negligible cost to the audience, and of maximum radness for all involved. 

As bookend to this post and a springboard into my remaining typed responsibilities, check out the blog of another famous Iowa City resident. Craig and I will soon be doing an interview on the subjects of IHearIC, the Generals and Specifics of music, and maybe even Michele Bachmann. Look for it here, on his blog, and on the Little Village mag site. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Last show was phenomenal. For those of you unable to see it yourself do not despair, but do steel yourself with patience. The IHIC blog is taking a break until June so that I can go hang out with this guy. 

The show is far from over and things will continue to percolate in my absence. Next month look forward to: an interview/write-up in print, an interview/talk-down on the airwaves, excerpts from the last show, and news about the future of IHearIC. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

An Intimate Closing

Tonight we'll wrap up our residency at the Englert Theatre. IHIC  will continue this summer, but tonight will be our last night to enjoy the comfy stage, the tables, chairs and sexy blue/red lights. 

Come out at 9PM

Read about it here

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Concentrated Focus

I'm writing this from deep within an academic hidey-hole surrounded only by charts of string harmonics, Ligeti scores, and empty cans of Monster Energy Drink.

Digging myself out now and shall resurface next week with news of the most exciting IHearIC lineup to hit the stage. It's gonna be fantastic.

I've been trying different ways of getting into that zone where one's concentration sharpens into a laser beam, exactly pinpointing & incinerating Distraction surrounding the Thought-Nugget. The quickest route is through Adderall, but a quick search through YouTube with the magic words, "Brain Concentration Music" will reveal this gem:

I gave up denigrating New Age music in 2006 when I noticed that iTunes/Amazon/eMusic classify ca. 9 hours of my library that way. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Studio Mixer (with subtitles)

The subordinate title for the upcoming show didn't make it into the promo materials for political reasons. Management felt it overbearing to follow the requisite supertitle, "Mission Creek & IHearIC present:" with a title and a subtitle, so while I agree with them, I came up with it and believe it worth at least a smile/eye-roll; it shall be aired here.

Anyone who receives the OUP catalog of forthcoming music books, or who is into this Fiona Apple album
will agree that, when it comes to titles, more is more. 

The Full Uncut name of this show, occurring on Friday April 1st from 6-9PM at Studio 13, is:
Mission Creek & IHearIC present: A Studio Mixer: 13 Ways of Standing on a Dancefloor

What will be happening is short sets, IHearIC style, with as varied of a lineup as ever. 
Jeff Ray, a San Francisco-based musician and the originator of the original Mission Creek festival--the Iowa City one is a spinoff, not less or fewer in badassery, but the Frasier to SF's Cheers-- will be performing music with acoustic guitar and a computer along with sundry electronic things. 

A Quartet of Double Basses will perform what is essentially a prolonged crescendo that erupts into a shimmering mobile of glassy harmonics. It's Canon by James Tenney. 

There'll be an appearance by the elusive Wind Farm, evading genre classification as well as those seeking representative media on the Internet: 

There will be music by a string quartet, Zodiac, and Dana Telsrow, all making their debut on the IHearIC platform.
Chris Reichmaier and Stephaie Patterson, both leathery IHearIC veterns and also life-partners will perform music for solo percussion and a burly piece for bassoon and electronics, respectively. 

There will be a raffle and door prize(s), and the whole (s)he-bang will closed out with the infamous Studio 13 Drag Show. 

Details are: 
Friday April 1st, 6-9PM 
Studio 13 

Lastly, I'm excited to say that IHearIC has been awarded an Iowa Arts Council grant. Thanks to those of you who helped make it happen. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Tuesday High in Calories

In trying to toss together a theme that encompassed a tremendously disparate lineup and the final day before Lent I took inspiration from this Olson twins meme:

For those of you who were not in attendance, last week's show fell on Shrove/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras. It was also a make-up date for several performers that got snowed out of the February show.

The roster was weirder than usual: two solo string performances, some laptop, a Cro Magnon synth, a folk singer, and a thrash jazz band. But the show started to make sense when I thought of it in terms of pizza.
Like the Olson twins' whip cream-chicken tongue-hot dog pizza, the audience received an extra large ConcertPizza topped with beauty, pain, icicles, and thrashing inaudible saxophone.

Olivia Rose Muzzy was the first ingredient: OliviaRoseMuzzy-David Anderson by ihearic

Chaircrusher brought some pain and amazement: (hint: dial down your volume button a smidge)
Chaircrushed by ihearic

To put image to this audio check out some beautiful pics snapped by Adrianne Behning at Little Village

Upcoming shows not directly related to IHearIC but very worthy of consideration are:
-Tomorrow Saturday March 19th, Englert Theatre 9PM FREE! Read more about it here. I'll be experimenting in it!
-ALL of the Mission Creek shows.

Stay tuned for news on the next IHearIC set to be released by Sunday with an arguably witty title.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Lighter Shade of Paleo

About half of the music I hear in a given day comes at me through these computer speakers. I'm in the habit of starting a song as my Internet soundtrack and allowing it to color, emphasize, or detract my hyperactive websurfing. Try listening to the "Agnus Dei" from Victoria's Requiem the next time you're reading a touching human interest story, or really anything. 
Do the same with Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" (at least until the last verse) when reading another email entreating you to do something that you don't have the time or inclination to do, but that you will inevitably agree to. 

Here's a soundtrack for this blog post which, if nothing else, somewhat justifies the weak pun for this entry's title. 

The I Hear IC concert series is pleased to announce that Paleo will be performing at the upcoming show (March 8th, Englert Theatre). 

Paleo is a Master RoadDog. He's played nearly 1000 shows in his career and  has logged almost as many road miles as that guy who's given up everything to walk around the world

Also on the docket is local favorite, Olivia Rose Muzzy

Read more about Mark Rushton, Chaircrusher, Chris Reichmeier, and Daniel Houglum in the posts below--they are picking up where we left off after the Great Blizzard of 2011. 

Tuesday March 8, 9PM, Englert Theatre onstage
5$, discounted for those who request the secret password. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rearrangement & Calypso

As a result of the Snowpocalypse, we're having to revamp and rearrange the lineup for the March show. And though the blizzard's come and gone, here's a belated video pun to get you through another snowy Friday in February. 


That lead voice melts icicles, especially at the lead into the chorus at 1:17. This may lead to a new music obsession...
For now, Mark Rushton and Chaircrusher will be playing, as well as Emily Rolka premiering Daniel Houglum's new violin piece. We'll try to squeeze in some solo music for double bass by Olivia Rose Muzzy in addition to the scheduled performers. It'll be tight, but you know I'll be wielding a stopwatch, with a stern look at the ready for any divas trying to play for more than 10 minutes. 

If you haven't, go immediately to the Mission Creek info page and start getting excited about the goings on. Yeah, that's right, Chris Corsano. Seriously, it's going to be outrageous.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Tonight's show is canceled due to weather. Next month's is March 8th, Englert Theatre. 


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Laptop Dance

Today I successfully did a Handyman thing to my house that featured tools and Plumbing and Electricity. Filled with a mixture of pride at my accomplishment and fearful reverence at the manifold complexities that make a house work, I opened Cheryl Mendelson's Home Comforts : The Art and Science of Keeping House to learn more about maintaining harmony in the kitchen. Fifteen minutes with this book will shrivel any feeling of self-worth and leave one keenly aware that they have been living in some Petri dish germwad at the bottom of a dumpster behind TacoBell, and that the only hope for redemption is to scrub, disinfect, and rinse with scalding water their entire life. Every. Day.

I'm taking a drink after all of that, and for you an aperitif before the February 1st show @ the Englert Theatre: 

Mark Rushton will be performing

Chaircrusher will be there, too. Give attention to "Amber Waves" for a good head-bob, or check out the weirder early years with "ginger" all the way at the bottom. It's like the minutes before sleep when images surface and sink as your brain unpacks the day, when suddenly things get weird and your 2nd grade teacher is there with a cannon and you have no idea who let a chicken into the house...

The sea of ambience will be parted with a violin piece by the devilishly handsome and freshly married Daniel Houglum. New Music monster Emily Rolka will be premiering it.

Rounding out the evening will be IHIC mainstay Chris Reichmeier, exploring the beauty found within a struck brakedrum. Percussionists and composers of percussion music take note at 0:28 of this video. A brake drum, as Chris shall demonstrate February 1st, has tremendously more Beauty when removed from the automobile.

February 1st, Englert Theatre, 9PM, $5. If you comment here with an informational youTube video, I'll send a password that permits discounted access to the show, and a household cleaning tip.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Last year's songs

Climbing back into the saddle, a little heavier on the horse than before the Holidayz, but back nevertheless. 

Here's some songs from December's show: 
IHearIC 12.15.2010 by ihearic
This song by the Gams, a new side project by Alexis Stevens and Craig Eley, charmed everyone at the show. The lousy recording does them no justice and renders nearly inaudible the subtly beautiful "cutting in & out" effect that happens to the voice at the ends of the opening lines.

While listening to those lines, hear and love the way Alexis smears the word,"crumbles". If you miss it, catch it on the "nothing" of the next line. It's clawing and defiant and the perfect delivery of those lines. It's their first hit single.

Idris Goodwin did the title piece from his new book These are the Breaks which is already getting nods from some Big Dogs. He's accompanied here by Karl McComas-Reichl and Cassius Goens III on bass & drums, respectively.