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On November 18, the Iowa City band The Sapwoods returned to Studio One for a live performance.  Their second album, Peaks And Valleys, was released this past summer.  The Sapwoods are preparing for a Midwest tour beginning in January, and one of their gigs before a break for the holidays happened in our Cedar Falls studios.  The tight five-piece group was in fine form for this set.  Have a listen!

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

Listen to the podcast to find out more about The Mayflies' latest album, Saturday Afternoon Girl.

This week's playlist was suggested by listeners Wes Shirley and Dan Andersen with the theme "Come and Go"

THE BEATLES-COME TOGETHER

GEORGE HARRISON-THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES

THE BEATLES-SHE CAME IN THRU THE BATHROOM WINDOW

JOHN LENNON-GOING DOWN ON LOVE

THE BEATLES-YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE THAT GIRL

PAUL MC CARTNEY-FRIENDS TO GO

RINGO STARR-IT DON'T COME EASY

THE BEATLES-WHAT GOES ON/HERE COMES THE SUN

THE BEATLES-CRY FOR A SHADOW

Hold My Home is the fifth full-length release from Cold War Kids.  The band formed in Fullerton, California ten years ago, and remains based in the Golden State.  Cold War Kids have said that in the beginning, having instruments was secondary to their enthusiasm.  At band practices they thumped on walls, banged on heat pipes, stomped and chanted.  Cold War Kids now have more instruments, a steadily growing indie rock reputation, and a solid new album titled Hold My Home.

Backtracks November 15

Nov 15, 2014

All the music on today's show is taken from the original 45 rpm vinyl record. Hour #1 was supplied from the collection of guitar maker Bob Long, hour #2 was supplied (and hosted) by listeners Joel Carl and Steve Biggs and hour #3 is from my personal collect. Pops and scratches, NO EXTRA CHARGE!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

FATS DOMINO-MARY OH MARY

SAM COOKE-YOU WERE MADE FOR ME

CLYDE MC PHATTER-BABY BABY

BILLY & LILLIE-HAPPINESS

BUDDY KNOX-DEVIL WOMAN

THE EVERLY BROS-LOVE HER

SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS-DON'T CRY NO MORE

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Currently based out of Iowa City, the prolific singer-songwriter Brooks Strause, stopped by our Cedar Falls studios for a live performance on November 13. Brooks played a variety of songs from both his early and current releases. He also shared some details about his most recent LP, Renaissance Beast, as well as some of his forthcoming projects, which includes an opera. You can listen to the live set below. 

Blue Avenue November 16

Nov 14, 2014

This week's drive down Blue Avenue originally aired 9/28/14 check that week's posting for a complete song list

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Cedar Falls folk-punk trio, Peas and Carrot stopped by Studio One for a live performance Tuesday night. Consisting of Audrey Robinson on vocals and guitar, Walt Goodknight on bass, and Nathan Lantz on drums, the trio played several songs from their debut EP Big Girl Shoes—plus Audrey had some interesting things to say about the band’s name. If you missed Peas and Carrot the first time around or would like to hear them again, you can do so by clicking on the audio below. 

Minneapolis Troubadour Has One Lucky Guitar

Nov 12, 2014
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If you don't already know Jack Klatt, he's a rambling, roving troubadour-type folk singer who made an appearance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" earlier this year. Klatt was born and raised in Michigan's Mississippi River Valley,  but his true story telling talent comes from his travels. 

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If you're a fan of live music, or a performing musician, you might not think of a stranger's living room as a good choice for a performance venue. But that's exactly what's been happening in one Cedar Falls home for about six years.

Since 2008, Cedar Valley House Concerts has provided traveling singer-songwriters with a place to perform, along with a warm bed, an opportunity to do laundry, and other comforts that artists often miss while on tour. Open to the public, guests are asked for a small donation that goes directly to the artist, plus a side dish or snack to share.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," with Ben Kieffer rock out with Hero Jr while they play a special acoustic set featuring songs from their latest album.

Tonight's Medley originally aired 9/28/14. Check that week's posting for a complete song list

Blue Avenue November 9

Nov 9, 2014

One of the world's greatest on-line Blues Magazines, Blues Blast, gave out their yearly "best of" awards the last week of October. The first hour of tonight's show recaps the winners

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

BUDDY GUY-MEET ME IN CHICAGO

BOBBY RUSH-DECISIONS

SHAWN HOLT-PLEASE DON'T DOG ME

JAMES COTTON-COTTON MOUTHED MAN

MARK T. SMALL-EARLY IN THE MORNING

BUDDY GUY-WELL, I DONE GOT OVER IT

BOB CORRITORE-POTATO STOMP (EXCERPT)

TEDESCHI/TRUCKS BAND-LOVE HAS SOMETHING ELSE TO SAY

Bazaar is the second album from the Portland, Oregon band Wampire.  Childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps honed their sound playing house parties in Portland as a duo.  Their band name is said to originate from the way that Phipps' goth friends from Germany pronounced "vampire."  After their debut album was released in the spring of 2013, Wampire expanded to a five-piece band and toured extensively.  Now comes the new record, Bazaar, with nine tracks of state-of-the-art indie rock!

Backtracks November 8

Nov 8, 2014

Hours #1 and 3 were originally aired 4/5/14, hour #2 is all new and is comprised of "leftover" Listener Picks from the Oct. 25 live show

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

EDDIE COCHRAN AND HANK COCHRAN-GUILTY CONSCIENCE

THE COLLINS KIDS-PARTY

EVERLY BROS.-BIRD DOG

THE KALIN TWINS-JUMPIN' JACK

MICKEY & SYLVIA-WHAT WOULD I DO

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS-PLEASE DON'T TEASE

MARTY WILDE-TOMORROWS CLOWN

TOMMY STEELE-WATER, WATER

THE DAVE CLARK 5-I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME

You may recognize some of Iowa City-based Jack Lion's members from another local band, Slip Silo. But, it's not just their name that has changed. 

Jack Lion’s members unearth the early ’00s interest in connections between jazz and electronic music and refashion it for this current era. Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics they have made their mark as one of Iowa City’s headiest and most adventurous bands. 

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Rips is the debut album from the Washington, D.C. trio Ex Hex.  They have been described as a "power trio" with members that all happen to be women.  Mary Timony, known for her work in the bands Wild Flag and Helium, is the guitarist and lead vocalist in Ex Hex.  Laura Harris plays drums, and Betsy Wright is on bass.  Rips, released on the well-regarded indie label Merge Records, is catchy and melodic with big guitars and power pop vocals.

Backtracks November 1

Nov 1, 2014

An all new for 2014 Halloween special. And, since it's actually All Saints Day, some saintly songs too!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

VAN MORRISON-ST. DOMINIC'S PREVIEW

BOB DYLAN-TOMBSTONE BLUES

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL-TOMBSTONE SHADOW

BILL HALEY-THE SAINTS ROCK AND ROLL

BELA LA GOLDSTEIN-WHY DO I LOVE

MANN DRAKE-VAMPIRE'S BALL

THE FRANTICS-WEREWOLF (EXCERPT)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN-IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY

DR. JOHN-I BEEN HOODOOD

DALTON & DUBARI-HOODOO LOVE

This week's Medley originally aired 8/3/14. Check that week's posting for a complete song list.

Blue Avenue November 2

Nov 1, 2014

This week's trip down Blue Avenue originally aired 9/21/14, check that week's posting for a complete song list

When it comes to compiling a Halloween playlist, there are the staples like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “The Monster Mash” sung by the theatrical Bobby Boris Pickett. Oddly enough the 60s and 80s created a lot of the music that has ended up being played at nearly every Halloween event, but then every decade has produced some uncanny tracks. And for inspiration we’ve brewed up a short list of some of our favorites to spice up your Halloween festivities.

Scarlett Cerna, host of Studio One:

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The High Crest is the Des Moines-based duo of Aaron Earl Short and Kat Darling.  They brought their self-described "Folk & Roll" music to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a heartfelt live set on Oct. 27.  Playing songs from their brand new 24-track double album Gone, as well as their self-titled debut album and more, The High Crest engaged the studio audience with their music of trials and hope.  Have a listen!

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

Download the podcast to find out more about the Des Moines indie groove band. 

Halloween soundscape!

THE BEATLES-LUCY IN THE SKY/I AM THE WALRUS/WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU

RINGO STARR-SPOOKY WEIRDNESS

THE BEATLES-SHE SAID SHE SAID/EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE/FREE AS A BIRD

WINGS-SPIRITS OF ANCIENT EGYPT

THE BEATLES-FLYING (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue October 26

Oct 26, 2014

Halloween Party!!

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES-NOTHING BUT THE DEVIL

OTIS CLAY & JOHNNY RAWLS-VOODOO QUEEN

EDDIE MARTIN & HIS BIG BLUES BAND-ZOMBIE ATTACK

HOWLIN' WOLF-EVIL

ERIC HUGHES BAND-MY BABY GOT A BLACK CAT

JEFF DALE-THE DEVIL I KNOW

BOB CORRITORE-MANY A DEVIL'S NIGHT (EXCERPT)

ROBERT JOHNSON-ME & THE DEVIL BLUES

JOHNNY WINTER-DEATH LETTER

E. G. KIGHT-GRAVEYARD DEAD BLUES

MARKEY BLUE-VOODOO DO

HURRICANE RUTH-COLD DAY IN HELL

Canadian musician and composer Dan Snaith began recording his music as Manitoba around the turn of the century, but for legal reasons later changed his stage name to Caribou.  Inspired by psychedelia and electronica, Caribou has become known for creative compositions and arrangements, as well as experimental production.  In recent years, Caribou's music has retained those qualities, but also become more danceable.  That trend continues on the sixth studio album, Our Love.

Backtracks October 25

Oct 25, 2014

A LIVE Listener Picks show. All the music suggested by Backtracks listeners:

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

VAN MORRISON-HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY

DEREK-CINNAMON

PAUL SIMON-WAS A SUNNY DAY

WINGS-VENUS & MARS/ROCK SHOW

THE ROLLING STONES-DEAD FLOWERS

THE BYRDS-MY BACK PAGES

JOHNNY BURNETTE-TRAIN KEPT A ROLLIN'

DWIGHT TWILLEY-I'M ON FIRE

BIG STAR-FEEL

ELTON JOHN-CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY

THE GRATEFUL DEAD-RIPPLE

ROY ORBISON-DREAM BABY

HUMBLE PIE-BLACK COFFEE

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The Iowa band King of The Tramps played a live set for Studio One on Oct. 21.  Their performance included songs from their third album, Joyful Noise.  That title and the band's own description of their music as "whiskey gospel" turned out to be apt descriptions of celebratory audience engagement and a raucous good time!  Listen to what I mean right here!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Dave Zollo & The Body Electric.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Iowa City icon and gospel rocker.

If you're a follower of the Midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way.

A new meaning for "I"-Tunes

THE BEATLES-I CALL YOUR NAME/I NEED YOU/I'LL FOLLOW THE SUN

RINGO STARR-I'LL STILL LOVE YOU

THE BEATLES-I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER/I'VE GOT A FEELING/I'M ONLY SLEEPING

GEORGE HARRISON-I DON'T WANT TO DO IT

THE BEATLES-I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND/I'M DOWN

THE BEATLES-FLYING (EXCERPT)

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