Mark Simmet http://iowapublicradio.org en Featured Release This Week From The Orwells http://iowapublicradio.org/post/featured-release-week-orwells <p>Our featured release this week on Studio One is the second full-length album from the young Chicago band, The Orwells. &nbsp;Actually, they are from Elmhurst, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, making them that much closer to being a regional band! &nbsp;Of course, their place of origin is not as important as the vital, tuneful garage rock that they play on the new <em>Disgraceland</em>​. &nbsp;The five members of The Orwells have known each other for years, forming the band and getting signed to Autumn Tone Records for their first album while still in high school. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 43951 at http://iowapublicradio.org Featured Release This Week From The Orwells CD of the Week from Jack White http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-jack-white <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:34:48 +0000 Mark Simmet 43460 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Jack White Hear Mark's Studio One Best Coast Interview http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-marks-studio-one-best-coast-interview <p>I had the pleasure of interviewing Bethany Cosentino and Bobb&nbsp;Bruno of Best Coast when they stopped by the Iowa Public Radio Meet 'N Greet tent, prior to their main stage performance at the 80/35 Festival in downtown Des Moines. &nbsp;Enjoy this July 4 audio interview!</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:42:34 +0000 Mark Simmet 43338 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Mark's Studio One Best Coast Interview CD of the Week from Spanish Gold http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-spanish-gold <p></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 43193 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Spanish Gold CD of the Week from The River Monks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-river-monks <p></p><p>The Des Moines-based band The River Monks formed in 2010 with founding members Ryan Stier, Nicholas Frampton&nbsp;and Joel Gettys. &nbsp;Current members also include Drew Rauch, Mallory Heggen and Tommy Boynton. &nbsp;Their second album,&nbsp;<em>Home Is The House</em> could aptly be summed up by a phrase they have used to describe their sound: &nbsp;"wistful harmonious megafolk." &nbsp;The River Monks combine beautiful vocal harmonies, intriguing songwriting and creative use of traditional folk instrumentation on the new album. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/1_czyyyWgjE</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 42910 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from The River Monks Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-ipr-8035-showcase-live-sets-2 <p>Our IPR&nbsp;80/35 Showcase series of live in-studio performances concluded on June 26, with two more fine sets. &nbsp;Des Moines-based singer-songwriter Max Jury played keyboard and sang songs from his&nbsp;<em>Something In The Air</em> EP, as well as a haunting Neil Young cover. &nbsp;Also from Des Moines, Dustin Smith and his new band The&nbsp;Maytags&nbsp;played a soulful set of new songs. &nbsp;The Maytags EP, <em>Nova, </em> was recorded in Nashville and will be out this fall. &nbsp;Enjoy these 80/35 Showcase performances here!</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:49:02 +0000 Mark Simmet 42908 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-ipr-8035-showcase-live-sets-1 <p>The IPR 80/35 Showcase series on Studio One continued on June&nbsp;25 with two more bands performing live in our Cedar Falls studios. &nbsp;The Des Moines/Davenport-based band Brother Trucker made a return visit, previewing their upcoming July 4 main stage appearance at 80/35. &nbsp;Brother Trucker's solid Americana set included songs from their forthcoming fifth album. &nbsp;Later, Des Moines' Cirrus Minor made their live Studio One debut, with their exciting progressive/alternative sound, including songs from the band's &nbsp;latest album, <em>The Division of Space. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:58:36 +0000 Mark Simmet 42855 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets CD of the Week from Jolie Holland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-jolie-holland <p></p><p>Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland was born in Houston, Texas, and has also lived in San Francisco and Vancouver, where she was one of the founding members of The Be Good Tanyas. &nbsp;In her solo work, she has drawn inspiration from different genres of roots music to create her own unique sound. &nbsp;Holland's fifth studio album, <em>Wine Dark Sea,&nbsp;</em>blends&nbsp;elements of folk, blues, R&amp;B, and vocal jazz to great effect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/4AOJbhgct8w</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 42539 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Jolie Holland Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-ipr-8035-showcase-live-sets-0 <p>Our IPR&nbsp;80/35 Showcase series continued on June 19, with two more live sets in our Cedar Falls studios. &nbsp;Des Moines' Gloom Balloon (Patrick "Tape" Fleming and Chris Ford) played songs from their debut album <em>You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Disaster/ Fix The Sunshine Pts 1-7 (An Ode To Bill Doss)&nbsp;</em>and more, including some new material that they will be performing on the Main Stage at 80/35 on July 4. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:59:44 +0000 Mark Simmet 42542 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets Mark's 80/35 Picks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/marks-8035-picks <p></p><p>When I talk to record companies and music promoters, and the subject turns to the 80/35 Music Festival, it quickly becomes apparent that the annual Des Moines festival has come to be regarded as an example of “getting it right.”&nbsp; Around the country, weekend music festivals do not always succeed, and as we excitedly anticipate the seventh year of 80/35, props to the Des Moines Music Coalition and project manager Amedeo Rossi and his staff!&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:43:49 +0000 Mark Simmet 42504 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mark's 80/35 Picks Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-ipr-8035-showcase-live-sets <p>Our series of IPR 80/35 Showcase live sets began on June 16 with two Des Moines bands performing live on Studio One. &nbsp;The River Monks were first out of the gate, playing songs from their new album&nbsp;<em>Home Is The House</em>, with a sound they have described as "wistful harmonious megafolk." &nbsp;Holy White Hounds came on later in the evening, demonstrating that sonically, and also in terms of attitude, they are a rock 'n' roll band. &nbsp;You can hear both great performances here! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:55:36 +0000 Mark Simmet 42356 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear IPR 80/35 Showcase Live Sets CD of the Week from tUnE-yArDs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-tune-yards <p></p><p>The music of&nbsp;tUnE-yArDs is filled to the brim with interesting audio ideas and sounds, as befits a band that spells its name in such a quirky, stylistic fashion. &nbsp;tUnE-yArDs&nbsp;is the project of New England native Merrill Garbus in collaboration with bassist and frequent co-writer Nate Brenner. &nbsp;Garbus&nbsp;went to Haiti to study drumming, bringing some intricate polyrhythms to the band's third full-length album, <em>Nikki Nack. &nbsp;</em>The new record is as creative and vibrant as past tUnE-yArDs&nbsp;releases have been, yet more accessible this time out.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 42193 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from tUnE-yArDs CD of the Week from Conor Oberst http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-conor-oberst <p></p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 41734 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Conor Oberst 2013 80/35 Festival Live Sets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-8035-festival-live-sets <p>Studio One will be bringing you exclusive IPR recordings of live sets from the 2013 80/35 Festival during the week of June 9. &nbsp;As we gear up for this year's festival, we'll revisit some great sets from bands that performed last year! &nbsp;You can hear the live sets during the 7:00 hour of Studio One. &nbsp;Here's the schedule:</p><p>Monday, June 9 &nbsp; &nbsp;Water Liars &nbsp; (from Oxford, MS)</p><p>Tuesday, June 10 &nbsp; Escondido &nbsp; &nbsp;(from Nashville, TN)</p><p>Wednesday, June 11 &nbsp; Strange Names &nbsp;(from Minneapolis, MN)</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:40:41 +0000 Mark Simmet 41720 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear The Host Country's Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-host-countrys-studio-one-live-set <p>The Iowa band The Host Country have expanded from the original duo of Ty Wistrand (guitar, vocals) and Diana Garles (keyboards, vocals), to a four-piece group with &nbsp;bassist Tom Rue and drummer Ethan Weishaar. &nbsp;On June 2, they brought their full band, folk rock sound and wonderful harmony vocals to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live broadcast on Studio One. &nbsp;The Host Country played songs from their brand new full-length release, <em>Walk Away. &nbsp;</em>Enjoy this podcast of their set!</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:01:55 +0000 Mark Simmet 41662 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear The Host Country's Studio One Live Set CD of the Week from La Sera http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-la-sera <p></p><p>Katy Goodman was the bassist in the Brooklyn-based punk trio Vivian Girls. That band called it quits earlier this year, making it possible for Goodman to devote all her attention to La Sera, the side project she had started in 2009. &nbsp;A variety of different players have joined her for each La Sera album. &nbsp;<i>Hour of the Dawn</i> is the third full-length release, showcasing Goodman's songwriting and very appealing indie garage-pop sound.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 41486 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from La Sera CD of the Week from Woods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-woods <p>The story of the band Woods follows a path that is not uncommon for some notable 21st Century bands. &nbsp;Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Earl was in another band (Brooklyn's Meneguar), and began Woods as a side project in 2005. &nbsp;He released his lo-fi music on cassette in the beginning. &nbsp;Woods developed into a full-fledged four-piece band, with more refinement and better production on each new album. &nbsp;The band releases their work on the Brooklyn label Woodsist, which Earl runs. Sun, 25 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 41127 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Woods CD of the Week from The Black Keys http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-black-keys <p></p><p>The Black Keys' &nbsp;<em>Turn Blue</em> is the eighth studio album by the Akron, Ohio duo of Dan Auerbach (vocals,guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums). &nbsp;Actually, duo doesn't seem quite correct, as the co-songwriting and producing role of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) has become an integral part of the the band. &nbsp;The Black Keys have slowly and steadily grown as artists, while simultaneously extending the reach of their soulful blues-rock to a wider audience. &nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/C5a1Cl_JOJM</p> Sun, 18 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 40750 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from The Black Keys Hear The Digital Wild's Studio One Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-digital-wilds-studio-one-set <p>The Austin, Texas band The Digital Wild are touring the U.S. in support of their debut album. &nbsp;Lead vocalist Chantell&nbsp;Moody is originally from Des Moines, and while the band was in Iowa they stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live set. &nbsp;The band brought their Afrodelic&nbsp;trip-rock sound to Studio One on May 15, and you can enjoy their performance in this podcast!&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:26:56 +0000 Mark Simmet 40747 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear The Digital Wild's Studio One Set CD of the Week from Thee Oh Sees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-thee-oh-sees-0 <p>Thee Oh Sees began as guitarist and vocalist John Dwyer's side project, eventually evolving into a full band with various personnel changes along the way. &nbsp;Dwyer relocated from Providence, Rhode Island to California in the late 1990's. &nbsp;He became active in the San Francisco indie rock scene, playing in several bands, and releasing&nbsp;his experimental home recordings under names like Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS and Orange County Sound. &nbsp;Since 2008, the name has been Thee Oh Sees. &nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/vjy2kjx4J0w</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 40408 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Thee Oh Sees Sean Lennon and The Beatles Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sean-lennon-and-beatles-legacy <p>The progeny of Apple Corps Ltd. founders, The Beatles, are apples that evidently didn’t fall far from the tree. The sons have taken up their fathers' trade.&nbsp; Of course, the weight of such an endeavor is almost too ridiculous to contemplate, with the Fab Four holding such a lofty place in the hearts and minds of the music-loving world.&nbsp; With the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Beatles landing in the U.S. this year, and the release of Sean Lennon’s new project, let’s consider the work of the sons.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:12:18 +0000 Mark Simmet 40371 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sean Lennon and The Beatles Legacy Hear The Soil And The Sun's Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-soil-and-suns-studio-one-live-set <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Soil And The Sun are a seven-piece band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. &nbsp;They were in Cedar Falls on Saturday, May 3 to perform at the College Hill Music Festival, and IPR had the opportunity to bring them in to record a live Studio One set. &nbsp;They describe their sound as "experiential spiritual folk-rock/New Mexican space music." &nbsp;That's probably as good a label as any for this beautiful, intricate, grooving music. &nbsp;Enjoy this podcast of The Soil And The Sun! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:32:17 +0000 Mark Simmet 40333 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear The Soil And The Sun's Studio One Live Set CD of the Week from Wye Oak http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-wye-oak <p>The Wye Oak was the honorary Maryland state tree, believed to have been over 460 years old before it went down in a thunderstorm in 2002. &nbsp;Perhaps aspiring to the awesomeness of their namesake, the band Wye Oak formed in Baltimore in 2006 (originally calling themselves Monarch). &nbsp;Jenn Wasner&nbsp;is the vocalist and guitarist. &nbsp;Andy Stack is the drummer and keyboard player, and adds backup vocals. &nbsp;On their fourth full-length record,&nbsp;<em>Shriek</em>, the duo feature more synths and drum machines, and less guitars. Sun, 04 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 40069 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Wye Oak CD of the Week from Mac DeMarco http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-mac-demarco <p>Mac DeMarco&nbsp;is a Canadian songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. &nbsp;Born in British Columbia (and living in Brooklyn since last year), DeMarco has been making music since 2008, self-releasing a series of albums under the name Makeout Videotape. &nbsp;In 2011 he signed with the Captured Tracks label and began releasing his music as Mac DeMarco. &nbsp;<em>Salad Days</em> is his second full-length record. &nbsp;The tracks have a definite home-made, deliberately paced feel, yet his sound is tuneful and accessible. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39714 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Mac DeMarco CD of the Week from Future Islands http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-future-islands <p>In the great tradition of art school bands (mainly in England, but Talking Heads also come to mind), the members of Future Islands started playing music together while they were art students at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, approximately a decade ago. &nbsp;There have been personnel changes along the way, and a move to Baltimore. &nbsp;Then came the release of the first Future Islands full-length album in 2008, establishing the New Wave-inspired synthpop&nbsp;sound they have been refining ever since. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39294 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Future Islands Hear Land Of Blood And Sunshine's Studio One Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-land-blood-and-sunshines-studio-one-set <p>Land Of Blood And Sunshine are a band from Marshalltown, Iowa with three full-length records out, and more new music on the way. &nbsp;They are appearing at a variety of venues across Iowa in the coming weeks, and brought their full (7 piece) band sound to IPR's&nbsp;Cedar Falls studios for a live set on April 16. &nbsp;Enjoy this Land Of Blood And Sunshine Studio One podcast!&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:58:42 +0000 Mark Simmet 39271 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Land Of Blood And Sunshine's Studio One Set Mark Picks: New Summer Releases http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mark-picks-new-summer-releases <p></p><p>Spring will be sticking around for good any day now, and then summer will be right around the proverbial corner.&nbsp; That puts one in mind of (among other things) new music!&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:35:12 +0000 Mark Simmet 39201 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mark Picks: New Summer Releases CD of the Week from Tacocat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-tacocat <p></p><p>Arriving a bit early to be a summertime record, Tacocat's&nbsp;second album <i>NVM</i>​ can certainly fit the bill as a fun, fun, fun springtime record! &nbsp;Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest and based in Seattle, the female-fronted (Emily Nokes on &nbsp;lead vocals, Lelah Maupin&nbsp;on drums, Bree McKenna on bass, lone male Eric Randall on guitar), Tacocat&nbsp;deliver with short, punchy power pop songs and sweet harmonies.</p><p>http://youtu.be/DFH1BBdxGjw</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39010 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Tacocat Hear Brother Trucker's Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-brother-truckers-studio-one-live-set <p></p><p>The Des Moines-based band (with Davenport connections) Brother Trucker brought their roots-rock Americana sound to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a crowd-pleasing live set on April 10. &nbsp;Andy Fleming (lead vocals/guitar), Mike Fitzpatrick (lead guitar/vocals), Lyle Kevin Hogue (bass), Jim Viner&nbsp;(drums) and Matt Jesson&nbsp;(keyboards) showcased some of their best songs with road-refined musicianship! Listen here for the complete performance, including a song that only the studio audience got to hear!</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:15:45 +0000 Mark Simmet 38997 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Brother Trucker's Studio One Live Set CD of the Week from The War On Drugs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-war-drugs <p>The War On Drugs formed in Philadelphia in 2005, with founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. &nbsp;Vile left for a solo career following the release of The War On Drugs' debut album in 2008, and the band has included a few other members over the years, with songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Granduciel&nbsp;the only constant. &nbsp;The new record,&nbsp;<em>Lost In The Dream</em>, is the third full-length release for The War On Drugs, furthering the band's appealing blend of indie-rock and classic rock.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38601 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from The War On Drugs