Join us on Studio One Thursday, Nov. 21 in the 7:00 PM hour for a special feature on Minneapolis-based musician and songwriter Mason Jennings. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters will be talking with Jennings about his life and his new record Always Been. The new release was produced by Bo Ramsey. Musicians and vocalists appearing on the album include Pieta Brown, Iris DeMent, and members of the Pines. Along with the interview, you'll hear music from Jennings' records, including Always Been. Also, the new album is our CD of the Week this week.
New releases from Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, and Andrew Jr. Boy Jones as well as exclusive IPR recordings of multi Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids plus the blues on vinyl segment has records by Freddie King and Otis Rush.
Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s, some more song comparisons, British Beat of the early 60s (pre British Invasion) some more of my 45 rpm "rekid" collection, and a few selections from the new Duane Allman Restrospective box set.
Shulamith is the second album from the Minneapolis-based band Polica. An offshoot of the Minneapolis collective Gayngs, Polica was formed in 2011 by producer Ryan Olson and vocalist Channy Leaneagh. Leaneagh described the songs the two co-wrote for the new record thusly: "Drums. Bass. Synths. Me, Women." The title of the album is a reference to the feminist Shulamith Firestone, who Leaneagh described as her "muse and mentor."
The latest releases by Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Sugaray Rayford, and Barrelhouse Chuck, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport, and some brand new blues on vinyl by Andrew Jr. Boy Jones
An all new spotlight segment show with sets showcasing 50s New Orleans rock'n'roll; some Answer Songs of the early 60s; some previously unreleased takes by Van Morrison and Sly & The Family Stone; and a blues set with John Mayall and John Lee Hooker with Canned Heat.
In 2010, Virginia native Jonathan Russell and California transplant Josiah Johnson formed the core of the songwriting partnership of The Head And The Heart in their new hometown of Seattle. The band was quickly rounded out with the addition of drummer Tyler Williams, keyboardist Kenny Hensley, vocalist/violinist Charity Rose Thielen and bassist Chris Zasche. Their 2011 debut album on Sub Pop became one of the label's best-selling debut releases to date. The Head And The Heart's Let's Be Still is their follow-up to that initial success.
New releases by The Eric Hughes Band, Roomful of Blues, and Johnny Sansone, plus exclusive IPR recordings of boogie woogie piano player Chase Garrett at the 2012 Des Moines Arts Festival and the "Blues on Vinyl" set has music by a couple of Alberts: Albert Collins and Albert King.
Someone else picks out the tunes this week! Des Moines listener Sam Salomone shares his extensive 45 rpm record collection in hour #1 and Waterloo listener Gemma Hoyden shares her knowledge and personal library on the British Pub Rock scene of the 70s in hour #2
B-Room, the new album from Philadelphia's Dr. Dog, has been called the most cohesive, soulful, loose and just plain fun record of their career. The title of B-Room references the band's newly built studio, an integral part of the making of the new album. The band built the new studio themselves, from the studs to the sheet rock to the recording booth. Recording many of the album's tracks as live takes, Dr. Dog discovered the soul roots always inherent in their Philadelphia background.
Iowa Public Radio's Studio One is presenting Arcade Fire in a live concert from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 28 beginning at 9:00 pm. The Montreal-based indie rock band will perform highlights from their new album, Reflektor, the follow-up to their Grammy winning 2011 release The Suburbs.
We'll hear new releases from Barrelhouse Chuck, Ross William Perry, and Studebaker John plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport and some vintage vinyl from Howlin' Wolf.
Recently a long-time friend of mine contacted me saying that she was doing so much traveling that she no longer had time for her hard copy CDs and did I want them. She gave me THREE HUNDRED! So this week's show is all songs from those CDs that recently found a home at my house! Including tunes by Ruth Brown, The Isley Bros., and a rare live Kinks song. It's kind of like treasure hunting!
Chvrches (pronounced "churches") are a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, synthesizers and samplers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, samplers, vocals). The Bones Of What You Believe is their debut album, following an EP released earlier this year. The record's title refers to the raw "creativity and effort" that served as the skeleton for the album, according to lead singer Lauren Mayberry.
I'll be hoping to take your calls of support during this important fundraising edition of the show, which features new releases from Lurrie Bell and Bryan Lee, Iowa blues from Nic Arp, exclusive IPR recordings of Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids and some vintage blues on vinyl by John Lee Hooker and Freddie King.
It's an all new spotlight segment show with segments on British rockabillys of the late 50s; some answer songs of the early 60s; some 45 rpm "rekkids" from my personal collection; and some rock'n'roll instrumentals that we didn't hear last week on the all instrumental show. I'll be hosting the show LIVE so I can acknowledge and thank you for your calls of support on this important fundraising edition of the program (pledge at 88-971-8815 or on line at iowapublicradio.org)
Elvis Costello met The Roots as a result of being a guest performer on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots have been the house band since the program premiered in 2009. ?uestlove and the other members of the band have a rich history of musical collaboration, as does Costello. His lyrical prowess meets their solid grooves, and the result is the new record Wise Up Ghost.