Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Sound Check

Various Artists





In an effort to help promote a sense of community understanding, the Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) has put together a CD of local music. The title, “10-8” is a reference to controversial Des Moines Municipal Ordinance 10-8, which states that people younger than 21 may not be in music venues within city limits after 9:30 p.m. The album contains 12 tracks from local musicians whose shows minors cannot actually see in the city and is endorsed by the rubber-stamped signature of Des Moines Councilwoman Christine Hensley. In a press release, DMPD said that while countless studies have shown a positive correlation between young people’s exposure to music and quality of life, they could think of no other possible way to get this music to Des Moines 16- to 20-year-olds. DMPD representatives will be selling the CD in music venues across the city each evening until close. CV


Various Artists

“Val Air Ballroom’s Greatest Hits: 2013-2015”



After seeing the project change hands multiple times, the Val Air Ballroom is set to release its first compilation CD, touching back on some of the biggest concerts they have put on in the past three years. Featuring an impressive list of artists on the cover, including Bone Thugs N Harmony, Andy Griggs, Obscura and Fozzy, the album itself winds up being something of a disappointment. Half the bands on the track list don’t actually appear on the album itself, with their tracks either having been moved to other CDs or just canceled entirely, replaced by Latin dance music and clips from UFC pay-per-views. The liner notes promise that additional tracks will be released just as soon as a new manager for the project can be located. CV



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