Down to Business: Finishing the Record

Well, we’ve three consecutive Saturdays of sweaty, dancey, lovey shows. Thanks to everyone who has made the month of May so much fun for us!

We have a little break in our show schedule now, so we’ll spend the last two weeks of May finishing up recording our new record. We are so excited for this. We’ll finish the horns on Monday, finish the vocals on Thursday (hopefully!) and then we’ll take Bryon’s mobile recording studio over to Tom Russell’s house and record three live tracks using his grand piano.

By the way, Tom Russell and Mary Jane Brotherson have been extraordinary allies throughout the whole process of making this album. Mumford’s loves them very, very much. Tom has allowed us to use a number of his excellent instruments for recording and he and Mary Jane have opened their home to us as a place to record and put on shows and feel at ease.

Thanks again to our friends who came to our last three shows and to the fucking awesome Iowa bands we had the pleasure to play with. We have plenty more shows coming up in June and July and then…TOUR!

Subjective Circus at Des Moines Social Club

This Saturday (May 15) we’ll be playing at the Des Moines Social Club‘s annual Subjective Circus. This is an actual circus, with live animals and fire dancing and sideshow attractions…and tons of music! The Circus gets started at noon and goes until 2 am. The event is just $15 (for 12 hours of entertainment!) and all the proceeds benefit the Des Moines Social Club. We’ll be playing at 11 pm and we’ve got some surprises in store…

Some great bands are playing, like Modern Day Satire, Blutiger Fluss and our soulmates Christopher the Conquered, who will be playing right after us.

Thanks to Dave Murphy for including us in this show! Mumford’s is a bit of a circus attraction, so we’re excited to be included. I guess we’re gonna have to bring the crazy.

Vinyl Cafe, New Record Store in Ames, Rules!

I strongly urge music and coffee lovers in Ames to check out the Vinyl Cafe in downtown. I just went there for the first time today and it far exceeded my expectations. The music selection is broad and diverse and well arranged. I bought records by the Beach Boys and Dolly Parton. Next time I go there I want to get “Darkness on the Edge of Town” by Bruce Springsteen. I hope no one else buys it before I make it back there!

Also, the coffee is excellent. Strong, dark, full of flavor. The atmosphere of the cafe is very nice, too. This is a place you could go to read, use the internet (they have free WiFi), conduct an interview or just hang out. In the short time I was there I ran into 8 different people that I know, so I have a feeling that this business will become a hang out for the music scene.

Ames has needed a record store for a long time and now we actually have one…and it’s badass! Let’s all support this place. A quality record store is essential to a dynamic music scene.

May 1st M-Shop Show Pictures

All these photos are thanks to John Grant.


Check out the new Sweat Power website that our Fairfield brothers Philip and Dominic set up:

That’s a nice looking site and there’s some great stuff on there. Sweat Power is an awesome new label, specializing in tapes right now. Our friends Maid Marian and Tall Too, from Ames, just released a split tape on Sweat Power. Mumford’s is releasing our upcoming record “Eyes” as a tape on that label as well! We love working with Philip and Dominic, they are so creative and energetic and lively. Together we are taking Iowa to the next level.

Sweat Power for life!