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.
We'll hear the latest releases by Ana Popovic, Doug Mac Cloed, and The Lamont Cranston Band, plus exclusive IPR recordings of John Lisi & Delta Funk at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids, and the Blues On Vinyl segment includes records by Big Walter Horton and Johnny Winter.
Another spotlight segment show including Duos of the 50s like The Collins Kids and Shirley & Lee, some British Beat Bands of the 60s, plus some Iowa rock 'n' rollers including Truth & Janey and Madness. AND, the entire final hour is comprised of car songs, left over from last week's You Drive Me Crazy special.
New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker. This show originally aired 3/31/13.
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.
New blues releases by Doug MacCleod, Ana Popovic, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitar player Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and a vinyl tribute to the late Jimmy Dawkins
Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s like The Bobbettes and Brenda Lee, early vocal duets and duos, British Beat bands of the early 60s and some more of my vinyl 45rpm records including a half-hour of Iowa rock'n'rollers like The Neoterics and Midnight Sam
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.
Celebrating the newly reopened, reconfigured Studio One library, the entire show is taken from 80s vinyl in the Blues section of that library, including music by Gatemouth Brown, The James Harman Band, and JB Hutto & The Hawks
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
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.
On this week's drive down Blue Avenue, we'll hear new releases by 18 year old guitar phenom Andy Poxon, new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, and Kansas City's Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and the Blues on Vinyl segment has records by Son Seals and Charlie Musselwhite
All the music on this week's show comes directly from the original vinyl 45 rpm record (pops and scratches at no extra charge!) including singles by The Syndicate of Sound, The Turtles, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Trashmen, Badfinger, and The Mc Coys.
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.
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.
New releases by new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, Boz Scraggs, and Chicago guitarman Michael Wheeler plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and some blues on vinyl by John Hammond.
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.
The best way to describe Ben Cook-Feltz's music may be, “Paul Simon singing piano ballads about broken hearts, and pants, to thunderous percussion.” A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cook-Feltz has spent the past seven years living in Minneapolis, performing throughout the state and metro area with a variety of backing ensembles, large and small, sure and unsure.
This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll re-broadcast his percussive "Java Blend" performance from October of 2011.
The band, Divine Fits, has been billed as an indie rock super group. The band was co-founded by Britt Daniel, most famous as the frontman for the band Spoon, and Canadian Rocker Dan Boeckner, of the bands Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Last year they released their first album, “A Thing Called Divine Fits.”
In the second part of the program, the music continues! The host of IPR's "Java Blend", Ben Kieffer, shares his experiences over the years, interviewing musicians from Iowa and across the country.
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.