Sukierae (pronounced "sue-key-ray") is the debut album from the duo Tweedy. Tweedy is mainly Jeff Tweedy, best known for being the leader of Wilco, as well as his work in Uncle Tupelo with Jay Farrar (and the sometimes overlooked group Loose Fur). Jeff is the guitarist, vocalist, bassist and keyboard player in Tweedy, joined by his 18-year old son Spencer on drums. Sukierae certainly does not represent a great musical departure for Jeff Tweedy.
Iowa native Pieta Brown's latest record Paradise Outlaw is being released this week on the Red House label. It's the 6th full-length studio album from Pieta (daughter of Greg Brown), recorded at the Wisconsin studio of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon. Vernon contributes vocals to a few songs, and Amos Lee is featured in a duet with Pieta Brown on the new album. Guitarist and co-producer Bo Ramsey is vital to the sound of Paradise Outlaw, a record that Pieta Brown describes as "expansive...full of love."
On Sept. 22, the Davenport-based band Bedroom Shrine performed live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios. Frontman Johnnie Cluney and the band played a great set, including songs from their Cartouche Records debut album No Deja Vu. They'll be playing at the Maximum Ames Music Festival on Sept. 28. Prepare for that show by giving a listen to Bedroom Shrine's Studio One set right here!
J.E. Sunde (of The Daredevil Christopher Wright fame) stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a solo live set on Sept. 23. Sunde's fine voice and well-crafted songs made for a memorable Studio One performance. He played music from his Cartouche Records release Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God, as well as treating us to some unreleased new songs. In anticipation of J.E. Sunde's Maximum Ames Music Festival set on Sept. 28, listen to our Studio One set right here!
Upcoming Chicago band Twin Peaks are heading to Iowa during their fall tour in support if their sophomore release Wild Onion. They will be in Iowa City at the Blue Moose Tap house tomorrow Sept 23 and then Des Moines Wednesday Sept 24 at the Vaudeville Mews. If you missed the phone interview I did with Twin Peaks vocalist and guitarist Cadien Lake James you can listen to it below.
Tonight during the 7 o’clock hour of Studio One, we have a live performance from Bedroom Shrine out of the Davenport area. Here’s a video from their debut No Déjà Vu.
MR NASTI, aka Nicholas Naioti, has relocated to Fairfield, Iowa. In celebration, MR NASTI releases a new album on the Maximum Ames label this Tuesday, Sept. 23. Truth Sound features guest appearances from Iowa artists Anna Gebhardt (Annalibera), Ryan Stier & Joel Gettys (The River Monks), and Adrien Daller (Trouble Lights). Nashville's Spoken Nerd is also heard on the record. Percolating beats, synths and acoustic instrumentation accompany thoughtful lyrics regarding the Big Questions.
The Des Moines band Hazer brought their unique brand of guitar-driven rock to the Cedar Falls studios of Iowa Public Radio on September 17th. Originally from the Cedar Valley, the band recorded their first full-length album, Something Rational, last year and now performs regularly in Iowa. Listen to this high-energy set from Hazer right here!
The Los Angeles-based band Allah-Las have a sound that harkens back to the glorious days of mid-60's California pop, with a garage rock edge. The aptly titled Worship The Sun is the follow-up to their self-titled debut album from 2012. Allah-Las bring a warm glow on the new record, pointing out once again how distinctive and evocative the "California sound" can be.
California native Ty Segall began his career playing in various underground bands in Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2008, the songwriter/vocalist/guitarist (and drummer) has been prolifically releasing solo material. Segall has followed the indie rock tried and true path of starting out lo-fi, fuzzed-out and experimental, then steadily refining his music, still retaining that initial spirit. Now we have Manipulator, Ty Segall's most satisfying record to date, with a generous 17 tracks that move along in well-crafted form for nearly an hour.
Brill Bruisers is the sixth studio album from the Vancouver-based band The New Pornographers. The record is their first new release in four years. Band members A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder, Blaine Thurier, John Collins, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey have solo work, other bands and side projects to keep them busy between New Pornographers albums. There is a wealth of talent in this band, creating songs that set the standard for indie-pop. Main lead singer and main songwriter A.C. Newman says: "This is a celebration record.
The first two hours are reprised from last year's Labor Day special with all the songs having something to do with the work experience (or at least having the word WORK in the title!) Hour #3 is all new and is comprised of Listener Picks "leftover" from the July LIVE show.
On this Labor Day weekend, we get to enjoy the fruits of the labor of IPR's Live Music recording engineer, Phil Maass. Everything on this week's trip down The Avenue was recorded, mixed, produced by Mr. Maass, and can only be heard on IPR stations. Thanks, Phil!
WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)
WALTER TROUT-BOWLFUL OF BLUES FESTIVAL, NEWTON, 8/31/13
BIG JAMES AND THE CHICAGO PLAYBOYS-FRIENDS BLUES BLOWOUT, ELECTRIC PARK BALLROOM, WATERLOO, 2/8/14
DWAYNE DOPSIE & THE ZYDECO HELLRAISERS-MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES FEST, DAVENPORT, 7/1/11
Spoon is one of the best bands working today, with each new release eagerly anticipated. Lead vocalist and guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno formed the band twenty years ago in Austin, Texas. Since around 2001, each new Spoon record has been an affirmation of the quality of the band's work. Daniel, Eno and the others have been involved in more side projects in recent years, yet every three or four years we are treated to a new Spoon album. They Want My Soul is another fine record, well-crafted and brimming with rock 'n' roll excitement.