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Mark's 80/35 Picks

Jun 20, 2014
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When I talk to record companies and music promoters, and the subject turns to the 80/35 Music Festival, it quickly becomes apparent that the annual Des Moines festival has come to be regarded as an example of “getting it right.”  Around the country, weekend music festivals do not always succeed, and as we excitedly anticipate the seventh year of 80/35, props to the Des Moines Music Coalition and project manager Amedeo Rossi and his staff! 

Yael Ilan

Lily Henley’s “Words Like Yours” is the latest CD to arrive in my mailbox, seemingly out of nowhere, and knock my socks off.  It actually arrived from New York, by way of a promoter in Seattle, but its roots span continents. 

Iowa Public Radio Classical recently headed to Studio One with singers from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Mikado production. The Young Artist cast, along with conductor John Hollins and pianist Tony Nickle, performed selections from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta while giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of their upcoming performances at the historic Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. 

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Spanish Gold is a trio comprised of seasoned musicians in the indie music scene: Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), Adrian Quesada (Brown Out, Ocote Soul Sounds, and formerly of Groupo Fantasma) and Dante Schwebel (City and Color and formerly of Hacienda), who brought the three together. Schwebel and Quesada go way back to their days in Laredo where they both occupied the same high school; and Hallahan and Schwebel worked together as Dan Auerbach’s backing band known as the Fast Five during Auerbach’s solo tour for Keep it Hid.

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The progeny of Apple Corps Ltd. founders, The Beatles, are apples that evidently didn’t fall far from the tree. The sons have taken up their fathers' trade.  Of course, the weight of such an endeavor is almost too ridiculous to contemplate, with the Fab Four holding such a lofty place in the hearts and minds of the music-loving world.  With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landing in the U.S. this year, and the release of Sean Lennon’s new project, let’s consider the work of the sons.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Crankshaft.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about what he calls "pork neck" music.

Kludge, the follow-up to Nashville based PUJOL’s 2012 debut UNITED STATES OF BEING, continues the journey of self-discovery juxtaposed with an imaginative, uncertain future involving lizards and cyborgs along with a questionable present reality. The influence of punk and garage rock is definitely there, but it is the traces of pop and folky blues, interwoven with Daniel Pujol’s seemingly lighthearted yet heavy lyrics that make Kludge—“a crock that works.”  

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Cedar Falls locals and Iowa Pop Kings, Dylan Sires and Neighbors.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their upcoming international tours.

In this special episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," recorded at The Redstone Room in downtown Davenport, host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Brooklyn, NY artist, Jen Chapin

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about this soulful folk artist and her trio. 

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Spring will be sticking around for good any day now, and then summer will be right around the proverbial corner.  That puts one in mind of (among other things) new music! 

Every once in a while, folk music pokes its way out of obscurity and gets noticed by a wider public. Filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen shone a spotlight on music of the American south in their 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou, and they’ve done it again with this year’s Inside Llewyn Davis.  The movie is a fictionalized account of the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s, when baby boomers discovered traditional music, and the oxymoronic concept of the “professional folk singer” took root.

 In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Davenport rockers, Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest self-titled album.

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April 1st kicks off the 2014 Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City welcoming both national and regional artists to the area. Launched in the spring of 2006, music is just one aspect of Mission Creek. Film showcases, local food tasting, stand-up, and literary events have also been incorporated into the festival in recent years. New for 2014, is the Tech + Innovation Conference (April 4-5).  Over the course of six days you can check out a wide variety of artists from Phillip Glass to !!! (pronounced chk chk chk), and from Laurie Anderson to Hannibal Buress.

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Spring is here, and if you didn’t get to head down to the South by Southwest festivities in Austin, no worries! We got you covered on IPR’s Studio One; and complied a list of some of the hottest upcoming artists on the scene, as well as the spring releases we are looking forward to.

Brooklyn duo, Denitia and Sene have created a buzz with their blend of electronic pop and soul. As one of groups to watch out for at this year’s SXSW, here is a track off their 2013 debut His and Hers.

The Waterloo, Iowa band Twins are about to release the  follow-up to their 2012 album, Funny Faces.  The new record, Tomboys On Parade, was self-produced by the band at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, with Al Eacret engineering the recording sessions.  Eacret mixed the album along with Twins lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel Sires.  The line-up of Twins also includes Luke Sires on drums, Harper Sires on guitar and Devin Ferguson on bass.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Santa Monica based pop-rocker,  Tiff Jimber.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about her and her recent U.S. tour.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo's renowned bluegrass and folk string band, Comfort Kings.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Prairie Fire.

Blue Avenue March 9

Mar 9, 2014

It's fundraising time. It's THE BLUES, Baby, pledge 24/7 at this website! Tonight's blues bus trip includes music from all 5 Blues Music Award nominees for Blues Entertainer of the Year, plus new releases from Shaun Murphy and Joe Louis Walker and Iowa blues from Robert "One-Man" Johnson and The Janeys

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

BUDDY GUY-I GO BY FEEL

KIM WILSON-I'M LEAVING YOU

JOHN NEMETH-COUNTRY BOY

RICK ESTRIN-ONE WRONG TURN

BOBBY RUSH-I AM GOOD AS GONE

Backtracks March 8

Mar 8, 2014

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

SPARKLE MOORE-ROCK-A-BOP

THE COLLINS KIDS-THE ROCKAWAY ROCK

WANDA JACKSON-FUJIYAMA MAMA

JANIS MARTIN-GOOD LOVE

KATHY ZEE-BUZZIN'

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS-GEE WIZ IT'S YOU

DICKIE PRIDE-SLIPPIN' & SLIDIN'

BILLY FURY-IT'S YOU I NEED

DON CHARLES-CRAZY MAN CRAZY

THE ROLLER COASTERS-WILD TWIST (EXCERPT)

THE ZOMBIES-YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD

THE MOJOS-EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT

THE MERCY BEATS-I THINK OF YOU

WAYNE FONTANA-PAMALA PAMALA

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Winter keeps dragging on, and here at Studio One we've got Cabin Fever! While we wait out these last few weeks of cold and snow, here are the top songs and bands keeping us warm and thinking about summer!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo, IA's, loud and proud pop-rockers, TWINS.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Funny Faces and their upcoming album, Tomboys on Parade.

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Beck is known for his sonically adventurous recordings, creating anticipation for each new release since he can go in so many different directions.  His twelfth studio album, Morning Phase, is drawing comparisons to his Sea Change record.   It's even being called a "companion piece" to that very successful 2002 release.  Many of the same musicians from Sea Change are back, and the songs are meditative and gorgeous in their use of vocal harmonies and  occasional string sections.

In case you missed it on Super Bowl Sunday, here's the Medley that aired Feb. 2:

The Fabs play live!

THE BEATLES-I'LL GET YOU/FROM ME TO YOU/SHE LOVES YOU

JOHN LENNON-BLUE SUEDE SHOES

THE BEATLES-SHE'S A WOMAN/DIZZY MISS LIZZIE/TICKET TO RIDE

GEORGE HARRISON-SOMETHING

THE BEATLES-HELP/EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO BE MY BABY

THE BEATLES-FLYING (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue March 2

Mar 2, 2014

In case you might have missed it on Super Bowl Sunday, here's the show that originally aired Feb. 2.

Music from all 5 nominees for the 2014 Blues Music Award in the Rock Blues Album of the Year category, some 90s blues from Johnny Winter and Willie Murphy, plus exclusive IPR recordings of New York guitar player Chris Beard at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids.

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

TEDESCHI/TRUCKS BAND-MADE UP MIND

THE RIDES-DON'T WANT LIES

TORONZO CANNON-I'VE BEEN DOING FINE

WALTER TROUT-BIG CITY

Roger Feldhans

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Auburn, IA's whiskey gospel rockers, King of the Tramps.

Listen to and download the podcast after this weekend's broadcast to find out more about how The Tramps are making more than just music.

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Hospitality formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, with Amber Papini (vocals, guitar, chief songwriter), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (percussion).  Their debut full-length album of infectious indie pop, Hospitality, was released in early 2012 on the venerable indie label Merge Records.  Two years later we have the second album, Trouble, also on Merge.  Hospitality's sound has evolved on this new release, becoming deeper and richer.

    

We celebrate George's birthday

THE BEATLES-DON'T BOTHER ME/I'M HAPPY JUST TO DANCE WITH YOU/I NEED YOU

GEORGE HARRISON-ALL THINGS MUST PASS

THE BEATLES-IF I NEEDED SOMEONE/TAXMAN/FOR YOU BLUE

GEORGE HARRISON-WHEN WE WAS FAB

THE BEATLES-WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU

THE BEATLES-CRY FOR A SHADOW (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue February 23

Feb 23, 2014

We will hear all five nominees for the Blues Foundation's Blues Song of The Year, plus some Iowa blues from Patrick Hazell and Catfish Keith, and exclusive IPR recordings of Trampled Under Foot at Waterloo's Electric Park Ballroom in 2012.

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

LURRIE BELL-BLUES IN MY SOUL

JAMES COTTON w/DARRELL NULISCH-HE WAS THERE

JOHNNY SANSONE-THE NIGHT THE PIE FACTORY BURNED DOWN

DOUG MAC LEOD-THE ENTITLED FEW

RUFF KUTT BLUES BAND-THAT'S WHEN THE BLUES BEGIN

RUFF KUTT BLUES BAND-DEAL WITH IT (EXCERPT)

Backtracks February 22

Feb 22, 2014

The Zombies are coming! The Zombies are coming! No, really, the entire concert performed by Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone and The Zombies at last Fall's Maximum Ames Music Festival makes up most of this week's show!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

THE ZOMBIES-SHE'S NOT THERE

BILLY J. KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS-BAD TO ME

HERMAN'S HERMITS-JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER

THE SEARCHERS-LOVE POTION #9

WAYNE FONTANA & THE MINDBENDERS-IT'S JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE

GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS-HOW DO YOU DO IT?

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with "Chicago Twang" artist, Mike Himebaugh.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about Mike's latest album, Green.

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