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3/31/2015

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“Hooray For Branstad”
Maximum Ames

As the past couple of state elections have clearly shown, Iowa loves Terry Branstad. We might all give him a hard time for the ever-present mustache, but at the end of the day, we think he is a swell guy who genuinely wants the best for each and every Iowan. To help vocalize that love, Maximum Ames records has teamed up with some great central Iowa bands to create a musical celebration of America’s longest-serving governor. And the label has made sure to include something for everyone, as the album includes tracks from the likes of Dark Mirror, Brother Trucker, Rae & The Honeybees, The Envy Corps, Patresa Hartman, Joe & Vicki Price and Koby Jones. It is hard to pick any one track as standing out from the rest, because it is clear that everyone involved is singing from the heart and sincerely giving their all for the man who single-handedly keeps Iowa out of financial ruin. APRIL FOOLS

 

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“Puffy: Cash Money”
Bad Boy

Apparently having realized that he is out of posthumous Notorious B.I.G tracks to release, Sean Combs has turned his sights on a new target to memorialize as only he can: Johnny Cash. If you have never heard Cash autotuned before, here is your chance with Combs’ own rapped “reimaginings” of “Ring of Fire” and “I Walk the Line.” In a curiously meta move, the album also includes Nine Inch Nails covering Cash’s cover of NIN’s “Hurt.” At first blush, it seems like a poignant remark on the transience of ownership and the futility of success in a world where the only certainty is death. But in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Combs admitted that he didn’t realize the song was a cover, and picking NIN for the album was just a crazy coincidence. APRIL FOOLS

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