When I was in high school, one of my Dad's coworkers (knowing that I was a music lover) gave me her record collection right before she retired and moved away. Amongst the albums were several Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis records, including one that had Monk on Side "A" and Miles on "B." I wore that one out listening to "Epistrophy." So, by odd happenstance, I got that reference.
Now, I had no idea that Des Moines meant "The Monks," and I've never even heard of Gus Mager, so - yes - thank you for pointing out that I'm an idiot anyway. Sigh. Well, at least I got one out of three.
I can't wait to see more. What can I say? I'm a glutton for Payne.