With Cato A Grade, Is Reynolds Walking in the Footsteps of Sam Brownback in...

The libertarian Cato Institute think tank released its latest biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors on Monday, giving Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds...

Podcast: Ames Record Shop Owner Blake Delaney Talks ’80s Vinyl, Virtual Music Festival

Nate and Bryon chat with Vinyl Grind owner and record collector Blake Delaney about the upcoming Maximum Ames Livestream Special, the current state of...

No, It’s Iowa: The Book of Iowa Films by Marty S. Knepper and John...

No one — ghost or not — is confusing Iowa with heaven these days. If a baseball player walked out of a cornfield today,...

Iowa CDs: Introducing the Physical Media Blog Podcast

In the inaugural episode of the Physical Media Blog Podcast, Nate and Bryon each pick five Iowa CDs that meant a lot to them,...

Music from Iowa Artists Released Amid the Pandemic

So far, the bulk of the Physical Media Blog has been focused on things released in the past, distant or otherwise, but there’s been...

Merch Table Masterpieces 1: Karima Walker and Orindal Records

Welcome to Physical Media Blog’s new series on music and art purchased directly from artists at live events, an important source of income for...

Universal’s Dracula, from Bela Lugosi to Lon Chaney Jr. and Beyond

During 2019, and into 2020, I decided that I would watch every Godzilla film, in order, and write a blog about it. If you’re...

Iowa Tapes, Part 3: Love Songs for Lonely Monsters/Datagun, Odd Pets, Nicholas Naioti

Love Songs for Lonely Monsters/Datagun, self-titled split tape — 2011 Love Songs for Lonely Monsters by Love Songs For Lonely Monsters LS4LM and Datagun were two...

Radiohead Deluxe Editions, Part 1

I’m a huge Radiohead fan, and have collected the bulk of their special/deluxe editions over the years, usually as they were released. Their music...

“The Most Transparent Governor in Iowa History”

On May 21, Pat Garrett, the spokesperson for Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, called her "the most transparent governor in Iowa history" in response to...