Written by Cady Colosimo
DJ Brodacious, aka Brody Coffman, has been around the Des Moines music scene since his elementary school days. Coffman’s dad is a friend of DMMC czar Amadeo Rossi and Brody fondly remembers hanging around the Vaudeville Mews with his dad and Deo. After college Brody moved back to Des Moines and began bartending at the Mews and The Lift. Now he’s the Head Brewer at Madhouse Brewery in the East Village.
Brody commonly spends 12-plus hours in the lab brewing and says he couldn’t get through those long days without music. Check out the DJ and brewmaster’s picks below, and look out for Madhouse’s house new Space Jam brew.
“The Bump” by Deer Tick
Deer Tick is a band that’s been putting out good music for a long time, and also a band I was able to see at the Vaudeville Mews. They have newer music, and they have older music, but this track just makes me feel some type of way. Some times it just feels good to act how you feel in spite of your age.
“Cat Food” by Aesop Rock
Aesop is an underground MC that’s been around since I was in elementary school. Through the years I’ve followed him on and off, and with this new release I’m back on. He released this and one other track at the beginning of 2015 and it quickly became one of favorites from Mr. Rock.
“You’ll Never be so Wrong” by Bass Drum of Death
Hailing from Oxford, MS, Bass Drum of Death has been in the game for a few years, but have more recently came on strong after abandoning their DIY recording for a professional studio. They still maintain their bluesy garage sound, especially evident in this track.
“Awkward” by FIDLAR
For all the introverts out there, most of us have lived this song. FIDLAR is a West coast garage punk band made up of some young bucks of musical lineage. They recently released their second album, which brings some really nice tracks with a little fuller sound.
“Open” by Lost Tribe
Lost Tribe is a band that I stumbled across in a dusty spider webbed corner of the interwebs. They remind me of an early Passion Pit, both in their upbeat electronic sound and voice samples. I could also see their lone album being beefed up and re-released in a year or two with great success.
“Spoon Out my Eyeballs” by Benjamin Booker
Booker is a talented young artist with a unique sound signed with ATO Records last year. He was deemed an “overnight success” by some following the popularity of his first album release. This track takes you on a journey from a sing-song lullaby to a powerful croon about removing his own eyeballs, and ends with an upbeat finale that leaves you dancing.
“Phantom (Redux)” by Shirt
This song goes hard, but good luck finding out much about the artist. Shirt is maybe most famous for actually creating a faux NY Times website declaring himself as the next big thing in Hip Hop with clickable links and identical format, and actually pulling off the stunt to many second-wave influencers in the music industry. He’s also known for being a designer and a visual artist.