Mark Simmet

Studio One Host

Senior Producer Mark Simmet began working at KUNI over 20 years ago.  In that time he has produced and hosted a long-running daily jazz program, as well as weekly blues and world music programs.  Mark also was a fill-in/substitute folk music host.  He has spent many years perfecting IPR's unique blend of musical styles as the host and producer of Studio One.  Mark also reviews all new submissions to IPR’s Studio One library, deciding on CD of The Week artists and maintaining reporting of music aired to record companies, promoters and trade publications.

Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and finds that his creative skills are very applicable to his work sculpting Studio One.

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Trouble Will Find Me is the sixth album from the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band The National.  Formed in 1999, the band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers:  Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).  Commenting on the recording of the new album, Aaron Dessner remarked that "our ideas would immediately click with each other.  The songs on one level are our most complex, and on another they're our most simple and human.  It just feels like we've embraced the chemistry we have."

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Join us for live sets from the 2012 80/35 Festival in the first hour of Studio One, beginning Wednesday, May 29.  We will feature a different live set each night leading up to our live broadcast of the 2013 IPR 80/35 Play-In Finals on June 6.  Here is the lineup:

May 29       Derek Lambert and The Prairie Fires

May 30       Jaill

May 31        Mark Mallman

June 1         Mark Mallman

June 2        Night Moves

June 3        Night Moves

June 4        Now Now

June 5        Now Now

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Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Chris Tomson formed Vampire Weekend in 2006 while attending Columbia University in New York City.  In 2007 the band signed to XL Recordings.  Their self-titled debut album was released in early 2008.  The band's second full-length release, Contra arrived in early 2010.  Vampire Weekend continue refining their sound with compelling melodies and well-crafted lyrics on their third album, Modern Vampires Of The City.

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The French group Phoenix have been recording since 2000, further refining their synthesizer-based sound on their fifth full-length studio album Bankrupt!  The new release is vibrant and energetic, with a vibe that is definitely '80s synth pop.  Interestingly, Phoenix purchased the console used in the making of Michael Jackson's Thriller to mix the songs on Bankrupt!

  

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Songwriter, singer and guitarist Jim Dwyer has been active on the San Francisco indie scene since the late 1990's.  For the last half dozen or so years, he has led a band that has gone through many different styles (including lo-fi, experimental and psychedelic) and variations of the name Thee Oh Sees.  Floating Coffin is the 12th release from this very prolific band, which includes Brigid Dawson (vocals, tambourine), Petey Dammit (bass) and Mike Shoun (drums) along with Dwyer.  The new record can best be described as straight-ahead garage rock.

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Philadelphia songwriter and musician Kurt Vile has been making his own music since he was a teenager, creating home recordings and self-releasing them in cassette form.  His new release for the Matador label is his fifth full-length album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze.  The record is comprised of sweeping, expansive songs that are both intimate and conversational.  Even the more lengthy tracks remain compelling.  Wakin On A Pretty Daze can be viewed as Kurt Vile's distinctive take on the classic model of guitar-based songwriting.

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists on May 22 at 7:30 p.m.!

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Ghost On Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, recording and performing under the name Iron And Wine.  The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean.  For Ghost On Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his previous two records.  "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.

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The Envy Corps' indie quasi-anthems, filled with galvanizing arrangements and elasticized melodies have garnered the Des Moines band the affection of the Midwest, and fans internationally.  The band stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on September 8, 2011.  Tune in to hear a set recorded that night on the Thursday, April 25 edition of Studio One, in the 7:00 pm hour.

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The Black Angels are a neo-psychedelic band from Austin, TX, re-creating a heavy, reverb-laden 1960's inspired brand of psychedelia.  After all, Austin was the home of Roky Erickson and his band The 13th Floor Elevators back in the original heyday of this music.  The Black Angels have been very consistent in their sound on their records, but they also continue to refine their approach on their fourth full-length release, Indigo Meadow.

  

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Christopher The Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying seated at the piano.  He's backed by The Black Gold Brass Band, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section.  Joining them is a rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and Ford's keys.  The full band performed live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on June 27, 2012.  Tune in for a

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Wavves is the project of San Diego's Nathan Williams.  From the beginning, Williams made the most of D.I.Y. bedroom recording methods and accidental recording techniques.  Wavves has become more polished on the fourth full-length record, Afraid Of Heights.  Williams created the record with Stephen Pope and producer John Hill, drawing on 1990's grunge, pop-punk and alternative rock influences.

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Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, raised by his mother in Venezuela, and later moved to California as a teenager.He studied visual art at the San Francisco Art Institute, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Banhart released his debut album in 2002.  On his latest record, Mala, he explores different genres, his musical experiments unified by his always interesting songwriting. 

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Bonne Finken's remarkably versatile voice allows her to transcend genres effortlessly.  One moment, the Iowan is melting your heart with a classic soul-inspired ballad.  The next, she's making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop.  Join us for a live set from Bonne Finken and The Collective, recorded in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on November 15, 2011.  Tune in Thursday, April 11 in the 7:00 pm hour of Studio One.

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Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Iowa singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he conveys through all of his records.  Whitmore stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on July 11, 2012, playing and singing for a very appreciative audience.  We'll feature a set from that performance in the first hour of the Thursday, April 4 edition of Studio One.

CD of The Week from Low

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The Invisible Way is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.  Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:  "While driving through Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft....It's a great place- a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment."  Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.  "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.

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Richard Thompson is an accomplished songwriter and interpreter of other artist's songs.  He's also a fine vocalist and guitarist, concentrating on the acoustic guitar in recent years.  For his new record, Thompson has returned to the electric guitar, underlining that fact by titled the album Electric.  He does play acoustic guitar as well on the new release, but even on the quieter tracks a certain energy comes through.  Buddy Miller, acting as producer, and recording Thompson in his Nashville home studio, has a lot to do with that.  Electric features eleven tracks, all o

Mark Simmet hosts, with more from our CD of The Week, Holy Fire by the UK band Foals.  Also, new music from Richard Thompson, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and David Bowie.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from David Bowie, Devendra Banhart, Johnny Marr, Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) and Low.  Also, more from our CD of The Week, Holy Fire by Foals.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Foxygen, Robyn Hitchcock, Son Volt and The Waterboys. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Robyn Hitchcock, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Harper Simon and Iceage. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives. Plus, the Canadian band Rah Rah recorded by IPR in our Cedar Falls studios.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from The Waterboys, Bjork, Shout Out Louds and Woodpigeon. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Frightened Rabbit, Charles Bradley, The Slide Brothers and Harper Simon. Plus, more from our CD of The Week, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic by Foxygen.

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