CD of the Week http://iowapublicradio.org en 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>‚Äč 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 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 CD of the Week from Black Lips http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-black-lips <p>Black Lips formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta, while founding members Cole Alexander (guitar) and Jared Swilley (bass) were still in high school. &nbsp;Drummer Joe Bradley joined a few months later, and lead guitarist Ian Saint Pe' joined in 2004. &nbsp;After releasing records for other labels, Black Lips signed with Vice Records in 2007, releasing their new <em>Underneath The Rainbow</em>&nbsp;on that label. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38272 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Black Lips CD of the Week and Live Broadcast from Twins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-and-live-broadcast-twins <p>The Waterloo, Iowa band Twins are about to release the &nbsp;follow-up to their 2012 album,&nbsp;<em>Funny Faces. &nbsp;</em>The new record,&nbsp;<em>Tomboys On Parade,&nbsp;</em>was self-produced by the band at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, with Al Eacret engineering the recording sessions. &nbsp;Eacret mixed the album along with Twins lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel Sires. &nbsp;The line-up of Twins also includes Luke Sires on drums, Harper Sires on guitar and Devin Ferguson on bass. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:44:56 +0000 Mark Simmet 38000 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from St. Vincent http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-st-vincent <p>Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, began her career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. &nbsp;She formed her own band in 2006, and released her debut album the following year. &nbsp;After a couple more full-length records, she collaborated with David Byrne on&nbsp;<em>Love This Giant.</em>&nbsp; Byrne and St. Vincent toured together, wowing the crowd at last year's 80/35 Festival with a tight and celebratory show. &nbsp;The new album,&nbsp;<em>St. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 37487 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from St. Vincent CD of the Week from Broken Bells http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-broken-bells <p></p><p>James Mercer is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in The Shins. &nbsp;Brian Burton (also known as Danger Mouse) is the artist and producer with many notable projects on his resume. &nbsp;With their band Broken Bells, the two artists combine their considerable musical credibility with great success. &nbsp;The second full-length Broken Bells album is&nbsp;<em>After The Disco. &nbsp;</em>For the new record, the band's atmospheric&nbsp;synth pop is augmented by a four-piece choir and seventeen-piece string orchestra.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:45:01 +0000 Mark Simmet 37324 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Broken Bells CD of The Week from Low http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-low <p><em>The Invisible Way</em> is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.&nbsp; Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:&nbsp; "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."&nbsp; Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.&nbsp; "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:11:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 18289 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of The Week from Low