Cults formed in 2010, while core band members Brian Oblivion (guitar, vocals) and Madeline Follin (vocals) were both students in New York City. The songs on thier 2011 self-titled debut album were inspired by early 1960's pop and their own relationship as a couple. Cults' second full-length release, Static, is an album of breakup songs, again reflecting their personal relationship while expanding on the sound of their first record.
The Seattle band La Luz ("the light") bring their own take on girl groups and surf rock to their debut full-length album, It's Alive. The line-up of Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Abbey Blackwell (bass) and Alice Sandahl (keyboards) also adds a lo-fi retro-rockabilly vibe to the sound of La Luz.
We'll hear a few more of my favorites of 2013, some new Iowa Blues from Bryce Janey and Robert 'One-Man' Johnson, exclusive IPR recordings of New York guitar player Chris Beard at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids and some Christmas blues on 45 rpm vinyl!
It's time for the annual Feast Of Leftovers! We'll listen to songs we've yet to hear from compilation boxsets, selections that did not make recent theme shows, a few of my 45 rpm "rekkids" and a bunch of leftover listener picks that I didn't have time to play on last week's LIVE requestfest.
Join us on IPR's Studio One Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 8:00 PM for a special live concert from Arcade Fire, performing at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. The band performed many of the songs from their new album Reflektor, as well as some of Lou Reed's music in tribute to the passing of Reed earlier that week.
Devonte Hynes is a British vocalist, songwriter and producer who has recorded as Lightspeed Champion in the past, and more recently as Blood Orange. Hynes was born and raised in Ilford, Essex, and has resided in new York since 2007. The new release Cupid Deluxe is Blood Orange's follow up to the 2011 album, Coastal Grooves. Cupid Deluxe tunefully expands on the electro-pop of that acclaimed debut record.
Minnesota Singer/Songwriter Mason Jennings has been performing for almost two decades. Over the years he's recorded for record labels run by Jack Johnson and Isaac Brock of the band Modest Mouse. For his latest record, called "Always Been," Jennings recruited Iowa music veteran Bo Ramsey to produce. Jennings stopped by IPR earlier this fall to talk to Clay Masters about his new record. "Always Been" is this week's "CD of the Week" on Studio One.
In the first hour we'll listen to the winners of all ten categories of Blues Blast Awards that were given out in Chicago on Oct. 31 and the last half hour will spotlight some of my favorite 2013 releases by artists that I had never heard of before this year.
It's time for the monthly LIVE Listener Picks show. YOU pick the tunes! I'll have listener suggestions from Facebook friends, emails, and your calls. Advance requests taken at email@example.com Remember, all the music on this show is at least 25 years old.
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.